Footballers Neymar, Zlatan, Nolito sign contracts
Monday, July 4, 2016
End of speculations about Neymar's future
Previously, Barcelona received offers for Neymar from Manchester United, , and Real Madrid. But on Friday, Neymar agreed to sign a five-year contract extension with the blaugranes. Neymar has scored 85 goals in 141 appearances for Barça winning eight trophies. This year, he finished third in the .,
Per the contract extension, Neymar's buyout clause is €200million for the first season which would rise to €250million after the end of the second season. The formal presentation of the extension is to be two weeks later before Neymar leaves for his international duties for the in his homeland.
After the agreement, Neymar tweeted, "Very happy to continue living this dream! ((pt))Portuguese language: Muito feliz de continuar vivendo esse sonho! Long Live Barcelona and long live Catalunya ((ca))Catalan language: Visca Barça y visca Catalunya".
Ibrahimović and Mourinho reunite
Zlatan's contract with French club expired in June and Zlatan indicated his next move to Manchester United tweeting, "Time to let the world know. My next destination is @ManUtd [Manchester United]". Zlatan has made 180 appearances for Paris and scored 156 goals. He became the club's top scorer and helped the club win two domestic titles in a row, scoring 38 goals in last season.
After completing his second signing of the season, Mourinho said, "Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves." Debuting in 1999, Zlatan has won domestic titles in four different nations and six different clubs winning the 'Swedish Footballer of the Year' nine consecutive times.
After agreeing to the terms Zlatan said, " I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again."
Arsenal F.C. tried to persuade Zlatan when he was 17 years old, when manager Arsène Wenger asked him to do a trial with the club. He declined the offer; recalling the incident later, he explained, "Zlatan doesn't do auditions."
At international level, Zlatan is Sweden's all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 116 games. He retired from the Swedish team last month after their Euro exit.
At Barcelona, Zlatan won five trophies in one season, but clashed with Guardiola. He is likely to face Guardiola's Manchester City in .
Nolito to work with Guardiola for a longer period
Manchester City under Spanish club Celta Vigo. At Celta Vigo, he scored 39 goals in 106 appearances.'s management signed Nolito from
Nolito joined Portuguese club .in 2008 just when Guardiola vacated the manager spot of the reserve team. Three years later, Nolito was promoted to the first team and played five matches under Guardiola. With limited playing time with Barcelona, he moved to
Nolito has been allotted the Number 9 jersey.
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