Football: Neymar's father reveals Barca deal details
SAO PAULO (AFP) - The father of Brazil star Neymar on Tuesday denied signing a pre-contract with Barcelona until his son had left Santos for the Liga giants - but did admit to receiving 10 million euros (S$17 million) in 2011 to guarantee a move by 2014.
Denying any irregularities, Neymar senior told a press conference in Santos: "I asked Barcelona to drop confidentiality (concerning a contract) so everything was transparent and clean. I don't owe anything."
The Neymar transfer has engendered controversy in Catalonia and forced the resignation of Barca's former president Sandro Rosell owing to a judicial wrangle over the deal.
The transfer cost 57.1 million euros, plus a 2 million euro bonus if the 21-year-old star makes the finals of the Fifa World Player of Year award.