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Neymar was leaving Barcelona before I posted 'he stays' tweet, admits former Nou Camp team mate Gerard Pique

Neymar was leaving Barcelona before I posted 'he stays' tweet, admits former Nou Camp team mate Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique claims he knew Neymar was going to join Paris Saint-Germain when the Barcelona defender posted a photo on social media indicating the Brazilian would remain at Camp Nou.

Pique has been mocked for posting "he stays" with a picture of him and Neymar together on Barca's pre-season tour to the United States on July 23. A few players tried to convince him to stay, but I did the tweet knowing 100 percent that he'd leave, although I did it to keep him. Everything has a reason, and I wanted to use social media because that's an instrument I have.

'He hasn't disappointed me, and I don't regret the "he's staying" tweet.

And the Spanish global insisted he didn't regret it despite Neymar's short-lived anger at the post. I wanted to help the club, and at least I tried, even though I knew he had made his decision'.

Neymar's decision to take what many perceive as a step down from the fierce competition between Barca and Madrid at the top of La Liga to France's Ligue 1 has divided opinion.

"He has his reasons, I don't know if they are economic or to be the best in the world at a different team, but in the end I don't think we should judge him", said Pique. He performed extraordinarily for us.

"Liverpool and Dortmund are making the most of the situation".

"Still, I'm not a journalist or a means of communication, although it's true that I'd like to make one".

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