Barcelona. Barcelona is suing Neymar for 8.5 million euros ($10.00 million) for breach of contract as it wants him to return the bonus he was paid when he signed a new five-year deal just nine months before joining Paris St Germain, the Spanish club said on Tuesday (22/08).
The Catalan is asking for an additional 10 percent payment due to a delay in their demands being met.
"Barcelona has taken these actions in defense of its interests, after Neymar's contract was rescinded just a few months after he signed on until 2021," a club statement said.
Brazilian striker Neymar, who joined PSG earlier this month after the French club triggered his 222 million euros release clause, said he was surprised by the decision but warned he was not going to give in.
"It is noteworthy that this news was received with surprise, since the athlete completely fulfilled the contract then in force, with the full deposit of the amounts set out in the buyout clause freely agreed with FC Barcelona for his release," Neymar's representatives said in a statement.
The statement added that the 25-year-old forward's lawyers were preparing a formal defense to the demands.
PSG activated Neymar's release clause as Barcelona was unwilling to negotiate the sale of one of their best players.
Barcelona has passed the complaint to the Spanish football federation (RFEF) after first filing the lawsuit in court, as well as demanded PSG subsidize it, should Neymar not be able to take responsibility for it.
PSG brushed off that suggestion and said it had done all that was required.
"Paris Saint-Germain reiterates that, like Neymar Jr., it has always respected all applicable laws and rules in its dealings and, once again, regrets the attitude of FC Barcelona," the club said in a statement.
In the days after he signed for the French club, Barcelona refused to pay the reported 26 million euro installment of the loyalty bonus which he was due to receive this summer, citing breach of contract.
On Sunday, Neymar criticized the Barcelona board after helping PSG beat Toulouse in Ligue 1.
"I am disappointed with them [Barcelona directors]. I spent four very happy years there and left happy, but not with them. For me they shouldn't be in charge of Barcelona. Barca deserves much better and everyone knows this," Neymar said.