Neymar Sr rubbishes Madrid ‘invention’

The father of Neymar has rubbished the “invention” that the Barcelona forward was recently the subject of a meeting with Real Madrid.

Onda Cero reported on Wednesday that Neymar, his father and Barca’s South American delegate Andre Cury met with Brazilian agent Wagner Ribeiro, also a friend of Madrid President Florentino Perez, at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich 10 days ago.

The front-page of Friday’s Marca then bore the claim Los Blancos were willing to meet the attacker’s €190m release clause, but Neymar Sr has made it clear that his son will be extending his contract with the Catalans at the end of the season.

“The meeting with Madrid is an invention, it’s silly,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“We were all together in the same hotel and greeted one another, but talk of a meeting is an invention.

“Andre Cury is a Barca employee, therefore how could we have met with Madrid? It doesn’t make any sense.

“The sole representative of Neymar and the only one who can negotiate on his behalf is me, no-one else.

“[Neymar] has a contract [at Barca] until 2019, is happy there and he intends to renew his contract at the end of season.

“We’re a bit fed up with all of this and all we want is to live in peace and enjoy the moment with Barcelona.”

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