Pique: Barcelona stars offered to alter wage structure for Neymar return

Neymar signed for Paris Saint Germain for £200m in 2017

Pique said players told the club they would accept delays to pay to help the club meet Financial Fair Play rules.

Pique also revealed the Barcelona squad warned Neymar he was making a mistake joining the Parisians, who have nonetheless won four domestic trophies in his spell so far.

"What we suggested to the [Barcelona] president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] was that if we had to alter our contracts we would", Pique told Cadena Ser radio. "If we can help so that the club doesn't have this problem, it wasn't an issue".

Neymar earns €38 million a year at PSG and the financial implications of signing the 27-year-old would be huge.

"We urged him, "you reside in a golden prison", Pique added. "In football everything can happen", said Piqué.

I think that, at a world stage, everybody talks only about Barcelona, Real Madrid and some other big clubs from England, some from Germany.

The fixture has been rescheduled for December 18 after violent protests broke out last week in Catalonia, following the imprisonment of 9 educated-independence leaders.


"My opinion is the postponement was unnecessary", said Pique. "Widespread sense says that in Spanish stadiums there has not been any violence". We're civilised of us.

"That very same weekend the Espanyol-Villarreal recreation was performed and nothing occurred". And why is no longer something going to happen on December 18 if it turned into going to happen before?

"It was magnifying a problem that wasn't a problem in the first place".

Finally, he commented that at the time, Barça's staff raised the president "Touch up" your own contracts Y "Defer payments" to adapt to the "Fair Play" Financial, "So that Ney could enter", Piqué added, whose company organizes the new Davis Cup, which will be played from November 18 to 24 in Madrid.

However, since returning to first-team action, Neymar has scored four goals in five Ligue 1 games - including the victor in three 1-0 victories - but he has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury.

Asked if he would mind Roger Federer changing football, Pique said: "Not at all". "They see the Davis Cup as competing with the tournament he has".

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