New Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu Says Neymar Scandal Won't See Him Leave

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2014

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01:  FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu greets the public prior to the start the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on February 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Newly promoted Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has no plans to leave the La Liga giants, even if he is directly brought into the ongoing investigation surrounding Neymar's transfer to the Camp Nou.

As reported by Onda Cero via, Bartomeu believes he has nothing to worry about as the saga continues to roll on:

I'm not considering resigning, and I'm not worried if that (being included in the lawsuit) happens.

The signing of Neymar was exemplary; there was nothing obscure about it, and it has already been explained with complete clarity. What's important is that we have him with us, and now we have to enjoy him.

There is no evidence that there is anything or anyone behind the member's lawsuit, only a personal opinion.

Previous Barcelona president Sandro Rosell resigned after the Spanish court confirmed it would proceed with claims that a "misappropriation of funds" had taken place, per BBC Sport.

Officials at the club originally suggested La Blaugrana paid €57.1 million for Neymar's services—€17.1 million to Santos and €40 million to a company owned by the player's father—but Barca director Raul Sanllehi recently confirmed more money was involved.

As reported by Reuters via The Guardian, Sanllehi revealed "other payments around the transfer such as a signing bonus of €10m and various other fees paid to the family that took the total cost to €86.2m."

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Even though pressure could quickly mount on Bartomeu, he is determined to remain Barca's president until at least 2016, when Rosell's term was meant to conclude. As noted in's report, the new leader has no plans to bring elections forward.

Neymar has proven to be an excellent signing for the Catalan giants, scoring nine goals across 22 appearances in La Liga and the Champions League, per WhoScored.

He has also provided 10 assists and settled into Barca's hard-working ethic rather seamlessly. Although many expected Neymar to arrive in Europe full of tricks and flicks, he has prioritised team play over individual flamboyancy.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 23:  FCB Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu (R) hugs FCB President Sandro Rosell after the press conference announcing his resgination as FCB president on January 23, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. FCB President Sandro Rosell is und
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While the deal to sign Neymar could hold major repercussions away from the turf, the 22-year-old is more than capable of ensuring Barcelona's on-pitch performances proceed with plenty of success.