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Thursday 8 December 2016

Neymar to sign new deal with Barcelona

Barcelona star Neymar Photo: Reuters
Barcelona star Neymar Photo: Reuters

Brazil forward Neymar will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona on Friday, the La Liga champions confirmed.

The 24-year-old joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013, winning nine trophies including two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League final in which he scored in the 3-1 win over Juventus.

Barcelona first announced they had reached a deal with the Neymar on July 1, setting his release clause at €200million for the first year, €222million for the second and €250 million for the final three. The nature of his signing, however, has brought the club and player prolonged legal problems.

Neymar and his father had to testify in Spain's national court this year along with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell, who resigned in 2014 over controversy about concealing the total cost of the transfer.

Barca's Argentine defender Javier Mascherano has signed a contract extension keeping them at the club until June, 2019.

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