Neymar Jr stole most of the headlines this past summer, as the Brazilian admitted his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain and make his way back to Spain.
refused to lessen their financial expectations for his services, as they wanted to get the most of the huge investment they did on him back.
However, reports claimed the Blaugrana were pretty close to getting him back, but the move eventually fell off as the parties were unable to work on an agreement.
Nonetheless, Gerard Pique admitted that the players were actually willing to take a pay cut on their weekly wages if that meant getting the Brazilian back to Camp Nou:
“We didn’t stump up money. 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,” Pique told Cadena SER, as quoted by AS.
Moreover, the defender claimed they warned Neymar about his move to Parc des Princes before he left the team, but claimed the door will still be open for him to come back later on his career:
“In soccer, anything can happen and every year just makes that clearer. We told Neymar, ‘you’re going to a golden prison’. But in soccer, things can happen and you find the door open,” Pique concluded.