Gerard Pique: 'I knew Neymar was leaving Barcelona'

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

The summer's biggest transfer; Neymar's move to PSG, was decided well in advance, according to FC Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique.

Amid the saga that preceded Neymar's stunning move from Barca to PSG for a world-record fee of €222million, Pique caused a stir by tweeting a photo of him alongside the forward with the caption "se queda" (he stays).

Gerard Pique has revealed that he knew Neymar was going to leave Barcelona when he shared his now-infamous "he's staying" photo.

Pique told a press conference: 'At Messi's wedding at the end of June, I had an idea that he might leave.

Pique has been mocked for posting "he stays" with a picture of him and Neymar together on Barca's pre-season tour to the United States on July 23. When I wrote the "he's staying" tweet, I knew 100 percent that he was leaving. I know that he has his reasons, they could be financial, or it could be to be the best player in the world.

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"In the end, we can not judge him as he has taken a courageous decision".

"He has made the decision, it is a fearless decision, he was here four years and gave us extraordinary performances".

"I'm not a spokesperson for anyone and I use social media as I want, whether people like it or not". I wanted to help the club, and at least I tried, even though I knew he had made his decision'.

During his four years at the Camp Nou, Neymar won two La Liga titles, the Champions League and three Copas del Rey.

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