Real Madrid has looked to shut down any speculation regarding their reported interest in Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.
The Spanish club released a statement on Friday to categorically reject any of these reports, shutting down any moves for the former Barcelona winger.
“In the face of the constant reports linking PSG’s Neymar Jr. to our club, Real Madrid C.F. wish to clarify that the club has no intention of making any offer for the player,” Madrid said in a statement released on Friday afternoon. “The two clubs enjoy an excellent relationship and, as such, if Real Madrid were at any stage to consider securing the services of a PSG player, they would approach the club in the first instance.”
Reports of Real Madrid’s interest in Neymar throughout the Spanish media of late had intensified, with Marca reporting earlier on Friday that Real Madrid had sent an “emissary” to meet with Neymar’s agent – who happens to also be his father. There have also been reports throughout Europe in the last 24 hours that PSG was set to offer Neymar a significant raise over his already exorbitant contract to fend off interest from the Spanish giants.
Neymar was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup in Brazil’s stunning defeat at the hands of semifinalists Belgium, and left Russia with mixed results. He was a dangerous attacking player for the entirety of Brazil’s run through the tournament, but also reinforced his reputation as a serial flopper with several embarrassing moments.