Neymar Jr’s situation got out of hand at the start of pre-season, when the Brazilan superstar failed to report to Paris Saint-Germain’s training grounds due to an alleged scheduling issue.
Leonardo, the club’s sporting director, had no choice but to engage in talks with other teams for the wantaway forward, but claimed they were only going to let him go for quite a lucrative offer.
Hence, the race for Neymar was narrowed down to the most powerful clubs in the world: Real Madrid and Barcelona, that were going toe-to-toe in their pursuit for the 27-year-old.
However, Raphael Varane’s words about the situation may suggest Los Blancos were never actually keen to make a move for him, as not even the players were sure about what was happening with the transfer:
“Every day there seemed to be a new announcement – we ended up losing track of the situation. We didn’t talk about it constantly, we were simply focused on the beginning of our season,” the World Cup winner told French outlet Le Parisien.
Now, Neymar will once again be in Real Madrid’s opposing end, as the 13-time UEFA Champion League champions take their talents to Parc des Princes to face Paris Saint-Germain for the UCL’s round-of-16.
Still, Varane doesn’t seem too be taking the French champions lightly, even with Kylian Mbappe out with an injury and Neymar due to suspension:
“Obviously they are two very talented players, but it’s still a really competitive team,.It will take a great Real Madrid to beat Paris Saint-Germain. In terms of pressure, El Clasico is unique, but also a match against PSG is a stimulating and exciting clash,” he concluded.
Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid will be forced to improve their disappointing performances from last season and go back to competing for a trophy, even if they were unable to pull the trigger for Neymar.