France's National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) has backed Neymar against the “vile vengeance” of Barcelona’s legal threats.
The 25-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain in a sensational €222m move from the Camp Nou earlier this month less than a year after signing a new deal at the Blaugrana.
Barca released a statement on Tuesday in which they insisted they are owed money back from the Brazilian which he received in a contract renewal last season, in addition to €8.5m in damages plus interest.
“The UNFP fully supports the Brazilian player and would not hesitate to promulgate advice if Paris St Germain asked him to do so,” read the statement from the Union.
“Let the player express his talent on the field, as he did on the third weekend of Ligue 1, rather than want to send him to court in vile vengeance.”
The Catalan club have also insisted they would not pay the €26m in bonus payments Neymar was set to receive this summer as a bonus.