Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane plays down Neymar rumours

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane sidestepped talk of a bid for the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar.

The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move from Paris Saint-Germain to Real after the Spanish club’s president Florentino Perez claimed the winger is more likely to win the Ballon d’Or at the Bernabeu than anywhere else.

“Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d’Or,” Perez told Marca. “Real Madrid is a club which gives all you need as a big player, everyone knows that I already wanted to sign him at one point.”

However, Real boss Zidane played down talk of a move for the former Barcelona forward.

“I don’t know, I don’t think so. What we are thinking about at the moment is the Champions League final,” Zidane said. “I am not going there, because we are focusing on the season and the rest we will talk about later.”

Real take on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26, and are looking to retain the trophy for a third consecutive season.

Neymar is currently recovering from a fractured metatarsal and is said to be on track for a complete recovery before the World Cup in Russia, which starts on June 14.

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