The prospect of Neymar making another giant move to Real Madrid may have most of the club’s fans giddy with excitement, but one very prominent supporter is hoping it doesn’t come to fruition.
Reports of the Brazilian swapping the French capital for Spain’s have emerged once again less than a year into his first season with Paris Saint-Germain following a record €222 million move to the Ligue 1 giants.
Madrid left-back Marcelo believes his Brazil team-mate will end up at Real, while club legend Ronaldo has urged the European champions to sign him.
However, the prime minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, would not welcome the 25-year-old at his favourite team, but is looking forward to seeing Zinedine Zidane’s side face the attacker in their Champions League last-16 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
“No I wouldn’t like to see Neymar in the white shirt of Madrid”, he told AS.
“People will focus on the three players they have up front, who are great players, but they have a brilliant squad with players like Angel Di María, Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot, and the Argentine lad – Giovani Lo Celso.
“We’ll be in for two very keenly-fought games between two clubs with the best squads in the world.”
Madrid may be out to defend their Champions League title, but they have struggled in La Liga this season as they sit 17 points behind leaders Barca.
And Rajoy admits the hosts may not be favourites, but he is confident they can progress to the quarter-finals.
“Looking at it rationally, you might think that they’ll give us a beating, but anything can happen in these kinds of games,” he said.
“Let’s not forget that this is Real Madrid and that the Champions League is their competition – especially now that they are out of the running for La Liga and they’re out of the Copa del Rey.
“It’s more or less the same team as last season and we’re talking about the defending champions – the side which has won three of the last four Champions Leagues. I think we can eliminate PSG.”