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Gerard Pique: Barcelona players offered to change contracts to help bring Neymar back

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The defender says they knew there was an FFP issue

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Gerard Pique has revealed the lengths Barcelona players were willing to go to last summer to help their club bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou.

Neymar made it clear he wanted to quit Paris Saint-Germain in the transfer window and go back to his former club but the two clubs were unable to agree a fee.

Pique says the Barcelona players did their bit to try and help the transfer go through and explained what they were willing to sacrifice.

“We didn’t stump up money,” he said.

”What we said to the president was whether we could change our contracts because we knew there was a Financial Fair Play issue... so we said to the president, rather than earn something in year one, we could earn it in year two or three or four.

”At the end of the day we want to go along with what the club is doing and if we can help the club, in this case avoiding a financial fair problem, we’ve got no problem in doing that.

”Rather than reducing our salary it was about finding a formula so that if the club wanted to sign Neymar they could. At the time they thought it was a good idea, but then other problems cropped up.”

Source | El Larguero (via Goal)

Pique also added that Barcelona players warned Neymar against going to PSG in the first place, telling him you are going to a “golden prison” but also said he wouldn’t be too surprised to see Neymar come back at some point.

The Brazilian missed the start of the season with PSG due to all the transfer speculation but returned to the pitch and scored four goals in five games for the French champions before being ruled out through injury yet again.