Neymar is going nowhere.
On Friday FC Barcelona confirmed that the Brazilian superstar has signed a new five-year contract with the La Liga champions and he will remain at the Nou Camp until 2021.
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His original contract with Barca was due to run out in the summer of 2018 but he will now remain in Catalonia during his prime and has extended his stay for a further three years.
Over the past two summers there’s been intense speculation that Neymar, 24, will leave Barca and sign for a Premier League club but now he’s committed his future to the Blaugrana.
In a statement released on their website, Barcelona also revealed that Neymar’s buyout clause will rise each season and will be set at an eye-watering $278 million for the final three years of his new deal.
“FC Barcelona and the Neymar Jr. have signed a contract extension for the footballer which will keep him at the Club for the next five seasons, until 30 June 2021. The player’s buy out clause has been fixed at 200 million Euros for the first year of his contract, 222 million for the second and 250 million for the remaining three years.”
The player’s buy out clause has been fixed at 200 million Euros for the first year of his contract, 222 million for the second and 250 million for the remaining three years.
Since joining from Santos in 2013, he’s scored 85 goals in 141 games for Barca and in 2015 he finished third in the Ballon d’Or award.
He has also won eight trophies in his first three seasons for Barca, securing the UEFA Champions League, two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey twice, a European Super Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and a Club World Cup.
With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez alongside him, Neymar’s influence and power will only grow stronger in the years to come.
Barca just made a huge statement of intent, clearly signalling that none of their star players are for sale.