Neymar’s father has confessed his son’s decision to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain this summer took him ‘by surprise’.
The Brazilian superstar joined the Parisians in a world record €222m move from the Blaugrana and has already found the net eight times for his new club.
“Neymar's decision to come to Paris took me by surprise,” Neymar Sr. told Telefoot, as quoted by ESPN.
“We had an offer last year but we didn't reach an agreement. This time PSG's offer was very interesting. The idea of winning the Champions League and the league pleased him.
“The truth is that it was me who hesitated until the last moment. I said to Neymar that 'you're relaxed, you're in your comfort zone at Barcelona. So the best choice for you is to stay.' But he wanted to get out of [his comfort zone] and put himself in danger.
“His friends Messi, Suarez, Rakitic and Pique all tried to hold on to him. It was very difficult but Neymar really wanted to come. He wanted this challenge and we supported him.
“The controversy with Cavani? It was exaggerated. They're great players. We saw against Bayern Munich [3-0 win in in the Champions League] that there wasn't a problem.
“In every club there are disagreements sometimes – it's necessary. But this affair was blown out of proportion. There's no need to talk about it any longer.”