Meanwhile, Teixeiera told AS: "If he didn't go there before, it's because I stopped him with what I already told him.
He added: "He was delighted with the Galacticos. But over time, we were able to convince the father and make a proposal that earned them $1 million. He accepted easily.
"My whole board called me crazy at that time, but we all knew that Neymar was different. Keeping him was essential for Santos.
"It was a difficult decision that I had to make alone, but the timing was right."