The father of Brazilian superstar Neymar has admitted that he was surprised to see his son depart Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, but he said the player could not resist the challenge to move to the Ligue 1 giants.
The Brazilian star swapped the Nou Camp for the Parc des Princes in a sensational €222 million move in August and has been in a great form since then. He has 8 goals and 7 assists in just eight matches for his new club.
Neymar Sr. told French TV show Telefoot, ” Neymar’s decision to come to Paris took me by surprise.”
“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 [Lionel] Messi, [Luis] Suarez, [Ivan] Rakitic and [Gerard] 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.”
“We signed a contract for five years so we have five years to win the Champions League. PSG’s project with Neymar is starting at the moment and it’s proof that PSG is on the right track.”
PSG are currently on top of the league with 22 points, 3 points ahead of the second-placed Monaco. And have won both of their Champions League games.