Neymar tells Barcelona he wants to leave

Paris Saint-Germain's world-record Neymar deal is closer, with the player having informed his Barcelona team-mates that he wants to leave.

Barcelona forward Neymar has been touted to make a stunning move to the French capital club.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona has confirmed that Neymar has informed the club that he wants to leave, as a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain draws closer.

Head coach Ernesto Valverde gave the forward permission to miss training on Wednesday amid reports that his €222million transfer to PSG was nearing completion.

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Barca has since released a statement in which it confirms that Neymar told those present at the morning session that he wants out.

"FC Barcelona returned to training this Wednesday morning after the American tour, the first part of a double session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper," the club said via its official website.

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"Before the morning session began, Neymar Jr. informed those present of his wish to leave the club and was therefore given permission to miss training and resolve his future."

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi hinted in recent days that the stunning deal to bring Neymar to Parc des Princes was nearly agreed, while one of the Brazil international's representatives, Wagner Ribeiro, has flown to the French capital.

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has vowed to oppose the transfer, however, insisting that PSG would be flouting UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations if they pressed ahead with the move.

"If PSG come with the money for Neymar's [release] clause we will not accept it," he told AS. "They are financial dopers, breaking FFP laws.

"We will not accept money from a club who, without belonging to La Liga, wants to take advantage of a right of our organisation – even more when this club is breaking rules and laws.

"If UEFA do not react, we will present an FFP complaint immediately. The complaint is ready and will be presented to UEFA, to the European Union and the Swiss courts (CAS), which are the courts that have jurisdiction."

Neymar's record at FC Barcelona

Neymar has scored 105 goals with Barcelona in all competitions; Rivaldo (130) is the only Brazilian player to score more often for FCB.
Neymar has been involved in 164 goals in his 186 games with Barça in all competitions (G105 A59).
Since joining Barca (2013/14 season) only two players have played more games for the club than Neymar; Messi (204) and Busquets (196).
Neymar has made 59 assists in 186 games with Barça; same total as Luis Suarez (147 games).
Neymar is the La Liga player who recorded the most assists last season in all competitions (21).
Eight of these 21 assists were in the Champions League; a record for one player in a single season (data since 03/04).
Vicente Calderón is the venue where Neymar scored most often for FCB (6) and where he scored his first goal for Barça (Supercopa 2013).
Neymar is the current La Liga player that has won the most penalties in the competition (15) after Cristiano Ronaldo (17).
No player has been fouled more often than Neymar in the Top 5 European Leagues since his arrival at Barça (431).

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