Champions League

Real Madrid star responds to growing Neymar links

The Brazilian has been incessantly linked to the European champions, but this Galactico has come out to play down all the cacophony of rumors

It’s not even been a year since he made the record-breaking €222 million move to PSG, that Neymar is already being linked with a Real Madrid transfer. The Brazilian couldn’t inspire the Parisians to a Champions League upset, going down 3-1 to Los Blancos in the first-leg of the clash, before having to witness elimination in the second-leg from the sidelines.

On an individual level though, Neymar was having a fine season until the injury crept in. 27 goals and 16 assists in all competitions are highly impressive figures by all accounts. But the failure on the European front may be prompting him to relocate to Spain, but this time, to join the white half of Madrid.

The recent developments have seen the player getting increasingly linked to the club. The rumors are heard at such disturbing levels, that Blancos ace Cristiano Ronaldo came forward to pour cold water all over it.

The Portuguese, ahead of the Champions League final, was asked about Neymar’s seemingly impending move to the Bernabeu. But he rather played it all down when he said, “At Madrid, there is continually talk of signings. I have been here eight years. They are always talking about 50 players that are going to come, and in the end, none come.”

The Merengues haven’t made any major signing since the double swoop of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos in 2014. But after winning the Champions League for the second time last year, they were touted to do a few business in the following summer. But none materialized. Ronaldo further reflects on that saying, “In September a lot of players are going to come and then in the end those who reach the finals are always the same.”

Neymar was bestowed with the Ligue 1 Player of the Year recently, but his on-pitch squabbles with team-mates and massive egos in the dressing room hasn’t gone down well with the player. But even if a transfer is indeed to happen, it isn’t expected until the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Author’s Take

PSG signed Neymar to establish a long-term future and also keeping their European plans in mind. Barring the injury, the 26-year old otherwise had a stellar campaign. Les Parisians are certain to keep him for a few more years.

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