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Football: Neymar's father reveals Barca deal details

Published on Jan 29, 2014 6:13 AM

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.

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