Barcelona president admits: We can not stop him to leave our club!

BARCELONA are powerless to stop Neymar joining Paris Saint-Germain if the player wants the move, says club president Josep Bartomeu.

Barcelona are desperate for Neymar to stay at the club amid interest from PSG.

Neymar has a £196million release clause and Barca will not negotiate a reduced fee.

But PSG have the funds to trigger the clause and have publicly confirmed their interest in the Brazilian.

And Barca president Bartomeu, who has previously insisted no club could afford Neymar’s release clause, now concedes the player will leave if he wants to.

Asked about Neymar’s future, he told the New York Times: “Well, you know Neymar is one of our best players, and so we don’t want to lose that player.

“We want him to continue, continue with us. He still has four years of his contract, so there’s nothing else to say.

“You know that players decide if they want to leave, they can decide.

“But as far as Barcelona, we want him, and we need him. Because if we want to win, we need the best players possible.”

Barca will return from their pre-season tour of the USA after a final friendly with Real Madrid in Miami.

Their tour has been dogged by the transfer rumours circulating around Neymar but the player has not come out to dispel the claims.