The father of Barcelona forward Neymar has said that if the Spanish authorities continue to investigate the financial affairs of his son, they’ll leave the country.
Neymar’s transfer from Santos to Barca has been the subject of more than one long-running investigation and his native Brazil have also looked into the arrangement, with the tax offices of both countries involved.
“We are talking about a contract renewal but we’re waiting to resolve some things that concern us,” Neymar Sr told Cadena SER, according to Marca.
“We can’t have this uncertainty with the tax of not knowing if what we’re doing is right. We need to know if Spain accepts our situation.
“It’s hard for us because we’re receiving many attacks, from Spain and Brazil on matters of taxation. Neymar is a media player and we work his image from Brazil.
“We’re talking to everyone to know what to do with this issue because we don’t want to be in Spain for two, three, four, five or 10 years and then be caught by surprise by being told our structure isn’t correct.”
Neymar Sr then continued to say that if the authorities continue to find fault with the way in which the business around Neymar operates, they’ll have to consider setting up elsewhere.
“Neymar’s brand has been a business since 2006 and we want to be reassured that everything is correct,” he went on.
“It’s unfair that we can later be caught by surprise and told it’s not correct. This lack of understanding makes us very insecure and uneasy.
“We have to do the right things and I’d like to know if Spain will let us work or we have to leave. I don’t want to use the word ‘persecution’ but if we don’t have a comfortable situation to work we can’t stay in Spain.
“If we are creating big problems for Spain, we can’t be here. We’ve never had such big tax problems.”