Eric Abidal’s confession about the signing of Neymar: he did not return to Barça for Griezmann

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Since he left FC Barcelona in 2017, Neymar has always been surrounded by rumors of a possible return to Camp Nou. Despite the fact that these have had less force in recent times due to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, with the final confirmation of the Brazilian that he is happy in Paris, in the summer 2019 it seemed that the prodigal son could go home.

However, the club I didn’t have enough money to undertake the operation, especially after having spent weeks before more than 100 million euros to bring Antoine Griezmann. This is how he was recalled by the one who was Barcelona’s technical secretary at that time, Eric Abidal.

“Ten days before the end of the transfer period, I went to Paris to speak with Leonardo (PSG sports director). If we hadn’t signed Griezmann before, I think 100% we could have signed Neymar again“, assures the French.

“We needed an attacker and when Neymar was in Barcelona he was incredible. It’s not about which player is better, it was what I thought was the position we needed at the time. The team needed a real extreme. The president decided to sign Griezmann, “he says.

In the same way, Abidal explains that another of the big problems to bring back the Brazilian were the legal problems you have with the club, something that, on the other hand, is one of the aspects by which a large part of the fans did not look favorably on the signing and for those who have not yet forgiven him.

“One of the arguments against Neymar was that had a court case against the club, so it wasn’t easy. They said that I would have to stop the judicial process if I wanted to return. That was not my problem because I was not at the club when that dispute happened. In my opinion, I could sign the player, but it didn’t happen, “said the ex-footballer.

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