Luis Suarez has said that Neymar told him and Lionel Messi that he wants to achieve other goals before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
PSG paid Neymar’s €222million release clause to take him away from Camp Nou in a world record deal.
The Brazil forward is reportedly earns around €30m a year after tax at the Ligue 1 champions.
“We talked to him, Messi and I,” Suarez told German magazine kicker.
“Ney asked for our opinion. He had doubts. He was here for a long time [four years]. He had everything he needed.
“I don’t think he left because of the money. He has other goals he wants to achieve with Paris [Saint-Germain].”
Suarez and Neymar formed one of football’s most-feared attacking lines at Barcelona. In three seasons playing together, they scored 364 goals, firing Barca to the Treble in 2014/2015 under Luis Enrique.