Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said the Catalan giants were in a win-win situation whether Neymar ended up staying or leaving the Nou Camp this summer and insisted “no player is bigger than the club”.
“When doubts about him staying began, we were all calm because whatever his decision, it was good for Barca,” he said.
“If he remained, we kept an exceptional player. And if he left then the whole of his buyout clause would have to be paid, which gives us the money to guarantee that we can sign new and competitive players.
“Neymar has formed part of our club and of our success over the past four years, but he is now history.
“It’s been his decision. We did everything in our hands to try and get him to stay – the directors, the players and the coaches.
“Everything has a limit and no player is bigger than Barca.”