Ex-Real Madrid star: Florentino really wanted Neymar this summer

06 September at 17:55
A former Real Madrid player claims that Florentino Perez had one major name on his mind this summer.

That man? Neymar, who moved to PSG in the summer of 2017 for €222 million, but who has been repeatedly linked ever since to a return to Spain, where he was very successful at Barcelona for a number of seasons.

According to Steve McManaman, "If Neymar comes, the situation will be difficult, because he previously played for Barca. I know Florentino [Perez] really wanted him," he said to Goal.

The former Liverpool star played 152 games for Real from 1999 to 2003, scoring 14 goals and winning two Champions League trophies.

McManaman had further advice for Real:

"But when you need a reliable star figure for the next ten years, I think you have to bring in players like Mbappe. He's only 19 years old and seems to be a rising star.
 
"If I had to choose, I would go with the the future, so I'd say Mbappe [as the ideal replacement for Ronaldo]."
 
 
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