Cape Town - Barcelona have confirmed in a statement that Neymar has officially requested to leave at a meeting held at the club's offices on Wednesday.
The statement read:
The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the Club in a meeting held at the Club’s offices.
Faced with this position, the Club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals €222 million which will have to be deposited in its entirety.
Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the Club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved.
The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.
Meanwhile Neymar informed his team-mates he is leaving Barcelona, a club spokesperson confirmed, as his potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer.
"The player came to train as scheduled and announced to his teammates that he is leaving," said the source.