Barcelona have confirmed that Neymar has been given permission to miss training as his move to Paris Saint-Germain closes in.
As Goal reported on Tuesday, the Brazil international arrived at the Blaugrana’s training ground on Wednesday, only to leave a short while later as he bid farewell to his team-mates.
The club confirmed the development with a short message on Twitter that read: “Neymar Jr. has been given permission not to attend training.”
Neymar Jr no se entrena con permiso del técnico #FCBlive
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) August 2, 2017
Barcelona later followed up with an official statement on their website, which read: “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.
“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.”
Neymar will now travel to the French capital to complete his world-record €222 million move to the Ligue 1 outfit.
He is set to earn €30m a year in wages as the club’s marquee name while his father, Neymar Sr., is set for a €40m windfall as part of the deal.
The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of the week, with PSG kicking off their Ligue 1 campaign on Saturday against Amiens.
Barca, meanwhile, are preparing to face Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy before a double-header against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup ahead of the new Liga season.