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PSG star focused on World Cup amid growing Real Madrid links

The PSG forward has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, but he insists he’s firmly concentrating on the World Cup right now

It’s not even been one full year since Neymar swapped Barcelona for PSG in a world-record deal, and he’s already touted to leave. The rumor mill is proliferating with reports of the Brazil ace moving to Real Madrid in the summer after a season of ups and downs in the locker room.

But Neymar has played it all down and insists he’s firmly looking forward to the World Cup in Russia. “The focus is now on the Brazilian team. They are talking nonsense. It’s not worth answering,” said the former Barcelona star.

The former Barcelona forward has a memorable debut at an individual level though, scoring 27 times and assisting another 16 before a knee injury in early March ruled him out for the remainder of the season. He’s now near to full fitness and hopes to guide the Seleccao to a sixth title.

Brazil has been drawn alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in quite a straightforward group. And Neymar’s attacking prowess would be vital to not only progress as leaders but also to go all the way. The 26-year old has had his fair share of troubles in this season though, as tempers flared between him and his strike partner Edinson Cavani early on in the campaign.

He then couldn’t help the Parisians from going down to Real Madrid and endured a triple whammy when another team-mate Adrian Rabiot revealed about the tensions between them. This internal unrest fueled speculations of a move away from Paris, and Los Blancos, his long admirers, emerged as potential suitors.

His agent Pini Zahavi was also said to have met president Florentino Perez earlier this year, though PSG was confident he would stick around.

Author’s Take

Regardless of all the speculations, Neymar to Real Madrid isn’t happening in a long, long time. The Brazilian is only one season in his world-record transfer, and also has an unfinished business of helping the team to their first ever European glory.

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