No Exit For Neymar, Says Dad
The Brazilian superstar was linked with a £140million move to Old Trafford this summer when United offered to pay his release fee to Barca. The deal fell apart when Neymar refused to listen to the offer. How much of that was linked with the alleged payment of around £40million over the life of his contract to the company owned by the player and his father isn’t known, but Neymar senior has ruled out any exit from the Nou Camp.
“People can be calm, Neymar is staying at the club,” Neymar senior told Spanish TV station Cuatro. “We do not need to speak with the club because we have three more years on his contract.”
Some reports suggested that Neymar’s salary could double to over £300,000 a week under the terms of any new deal, but his father suggested that he didn’t even need to speak about a new contract.
“There is no need to speak about Neymar’s renewal,” he added.
Ronaldo, De Gea
Manchester United are being linked again with Cristiano Ronaldo after rumours in Spain suggested that he could quit Real Madrid at the end of the season. However, French side Paris Saint-Germain are the likeliest destination should he decide to leave the Bernabeu. Full report here.
There is further speculation over the size of David De Gea’s release fee with some sources claiming it is just £25.5million – less than the fee agreed with Real Madrid last month. Full report here.
Schneiderlin Wanted To Leave Southampton In 2009
Schneiderlin joined the Saints in a £1million move from French side Strasbourg in 2008. He wanted to leave in 2014 when Mauricio Pochettino was keen to sign him for Tottenham Hotspur but Southampton refused to let him go.
However, Mark Wotte, who managed the Saints in the second half of the 2008-09 season says that Schneiderlin wanted to quit the club once they were relegated down to the third tier but that he managed to convince the Frenchman that he would benefit from the step down.
“He was desperate to leave when we got relegated and I said ‘this is the best thing that could happen to you,’” said Wotte.
“‘Technically, ability, attitude, awareness you are fine, you just need to become more physical and athletic. Get 40, 50 games in League One and feel the benefit. Southampton will get back up and there will always be a club that will pick you up’.”
Schneiderlin stayed with the result that he had played in three divisions of English football before his £24million move to Old Trafford this summer. He has played in four out five Manchester United Premier League games so far this term.