Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane who is a long term admirer of the Brazilian forward stated his admiration for Paris St Germain forward Neymar amid continuing reports in the Spanish media over a future bid to take the Brazilian to the Bernabeu.
Asked about Neymar at a news conference ahead of Real’s must win Liga home game with Deportivo La Coruna today, Zidane said:
“I don’t talk about players that aren’t mine, but having said that, and this is very important, he’s a player that everyone on planet football loves because he is a great player.”
PSG, who face Real in the last 16 of the Champions League, plucked Neymar from Barcelona last August for a world record 222 million euros ($271.28 million) although despite his impressive displays on the pitch he has cut an unhappy figure at times.
Real tried to sign Neymar when he was at Santos but were pipped to his signature by Barca and last month the club’s president Florentino Perez made a thinly veiled appeal to the Brazilian to join the 12-times European champions.
Perez has also stated that Neymar’s admission to win the Ballon do’r and FIFA player of the year award would be so much easier if he were to move to the Spanish side.