Real Madrid transfer news: Neymar deal claim made by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
That’s the verdict of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who says the Brazil international will not be joining him at the Etihad either.
Neymar is regarded as one of the world’s top talents and there would be a queue of clubs waiting if PSG made him available.
Real are not prepared to bide their time though having tracked the 26-year-old since he emerged at Santos and initially missed out on a deal for him to Barcelona.
Real are eager to get Neymar on-board this summer as Florentino Perez looks to overhaul the ageing squad Zinedine Zidane left behind.
However, Pep Guardiola claims a deal between Bernabeu and Parc des Prices chiefs is unlikely to be struck ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
“Madrid? Yes, I’ve seen that, but I don’t know, I don’t know,” Guardiola told Goal.
“I know that it’s not easy to leave PSG. Leaving PSG will not be easy because PSG are PSG, but in football we know that everything’s possible.”
Neymar recently discussed the prospect of playing under Guardiola, who has won titles with each of the club’s he’s managed.
“I’ve always wanted to work with Guardiola,” said Neymar. “He’s different.
“I arrived in Barcelona a year after he left. I really want to work with him.”
Guardiola has quashed talk of Neymar potentially heading to City though.
“Will he sign for Manchester City? I’m not going to PSG and he’s not coming to Manchester,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
Neymar will travel to the World Cup with City stars Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho this summer.
Brazil take on Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.