'I spoke to Bartomeu in a normal fashion' – Neymar offers olive branch to Barca president

The Brazilian’s Camp Nou exit was marked by a war of words with the Catalan chief, but he attempted to cool tensions at the Best FIFA awards on Monday

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar has revealed he held a “normal” conversation with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the first contact between the pair since he left Camp Nou. 

The world-record transfer that brought the Brazilian to Parc des Princes was surrounded by reports of a falling out with the Catalan supremo. 

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Bartomeu had stated after the deal was done that the club had “trusted too much” in Neymar and his father, words that Neymar slammed as a “joke” on social media. 

But speaking at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London, the PSG man offered an olive branch to his adversary. 

“I spoke to Bartomeu in a normal fashion,” he explained to Radio Marca after making the top three in the Best Men’s Player category, alongside Lionel Messi and eventual winner Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Neymar also commented on his friendship with Messi, and stated that the pair avoided the subject of football as they caught up in London. 

“We didn’t speak about football, only other things,” he revealed. 

“He is my friend and wherever we are, we will be together.” 

Both Messi and Neymar were left watching as Ronaldo reclaimed the trophy he won in 2016, and the Brazilian believes that Real Madrid’s Champions League win played a large part in that. 

“Yeah, it weighs a lot, of course, the Champions League,” he added to reporters after the ceremony.

“I congratulate him, he deserves this, he has done a lot in football, he is a very respected guy and with Messi he is one of the two stars of world football, and I am very, very happy to be in the final three.”

 

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