Messi speaks on Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-German

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Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, has said that his former attacking partner, Neymar did not let him know he was leaving the club until the last minute.

Neymar’s other teammates, Gerard Pique and Xavi, had earlier said they knew Neymar was heading to PSG in June.

The Brazil star left Barcelona for the French side in a world-record move after they triggered his €222 million release clause.

The deal had been the subject of intense media speculation until Neymar arrived at training to tell the club of his desire to leave.

Messi told ESPN, “Honestly, no,” when asked if he knew his former team-mate would leave.

Luis Saurez added, “We tried to get him to stay but at no time did we say ‘Ney, don’t go because you will not be happy.

“We told him we didn’t want him to leave, for us, but if he wanted to leave, he was free to make the decision he wanted. Because of the friendship we have, it was painful that he left.”

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