Barca players offered to alter salaries to bring Neymar back, reveals Pique

Gerard Pique said he and his team-mates tried to help Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar return to Barcelona by offering to changes in their salaries.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar   -  AFP

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique revealed the team offered to change their salaries so Neymar could return to the LaLiga champion.

Neymar attempted to engineer a return to Barca during the previous transfer window, just two years after his world-record €222million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, a deal did not materialise with PSG despite Barca's efforts to bring Brazil international star Neymar back to Camp Nou.

Pique said he and his team-mates tried to help Neymar return to the Spanish giant amid the constraints of Financial Fair Play, telling Cadena Ser program El Larguero: "We didn't stump up money.

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"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."

Asked if Neymar could come back to Barca, Pique added: "In football anything can happen and every year just makes that clearer. We told Neymar, 'you're going to a golden prison'. But in football things can happen and you find the door open."

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