Neymar extends Barça contract, Zlatan joins Manchester United and Nolito signs Manchester City

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On Friday, Neymar Jr signed a five-year contract extension with FC Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimović signed a one-year contract with Manchester United F.C. as a free agent and Nolito joined Manchester City F.C. from Celta de Vigo on four-years term.

End of speculations about Neymar’s future[]

Previously, Barcelona received offers from Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid. But on Friday, Neymar agreed and signed a five-year contract extension with the Blaugranas. Neymar has scored 85 goals in 141 appearances for Barça winning eight trophies. This year, he finished third in the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Per the contract extension, Neymar’s buyout clause is €200million for the first season which would raise to €250million after the end of the second season. The formal presentation of the extension is to be presented two weeks later before Neymar leaves for his international duties for the Olympics 2016 in his homeland.

After the agreement, Neymar tweeted, “Muito feliz de continuar vivendo esse sonho! Visca Barça y visca Catalunya((en))“.

Ibrahimović and Mourinho reunites[]

Zlatan’s contract with French club Paris Saint Germain expired in June end 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 Ligue 1 last season.

Former Swedish captain Zlatan played under José Mourinho at Italian club FC Internazionale Milano‎ in 2008–2009 season before Zlatan left for Pep Guardiola‘s FC Barcelona in exchange of Samuel Eto’o.

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 saying, “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 Swedish team last month after Euro exit.

At Barcelona, Zlatan won five trophies in one season, but his morals clashed with Guardiola. He is likely to face Guardiola’s Manchester City in their local derby.

Nolito to work with Guardiola for a longer period[]

Manchester City signed Nolito from Spanish club Celta Vigo under Pep Guardiola‘s management. At Celta Vigo, he scored 39 goals in 106 appearances.

Nolito joined FC Barcelona B in 2008 just when Guardiola vacated manager spot of the reserve team. Three years later, Nolito was promoted to the first team and played five matches under Guardiola. Due to lack of playing time, he moved to Portuguese club S.L. Benfica.

Scoring 16 goals in 63 matches for Benfica, he was transferred to the Celts after a short loan to Granda CF. Three seasons with Celta Vigo, Nolito gained a place in Spain’s international team. Playing four matches in UEFA Euro 2016, Nolito scored one goal against Turkey.

Nolito has been allotted Number 9 jersey.


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