Former Barcelona midfielder Gaizka Mendieta has revealed that Neymar moving to Real Madrid would not come as a surprise.
The Brazil star has been linked with a switch to the Champions League winners since becoming the world’s most expensive player when he left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in a €222million move last August.
While players rarely move from Barca to Madrid or vice versa, a LaLiga return for Neymar would still be hugely controversial, Mendieta comparing the potential transfer with Luis Figo’s decision to swap Camp Nou for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2000.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Neymar signed for Real Madrid,” said Mendieta, who was speaking to Omnisport courtesy of Nissan, official UEFA Champions League sponsor.
Neymar has labeled the speculation “nonsense” although Zinedine Zidane described the forward as “compatible” with Cristiano Ronaldo prior to his shock departure from Madrid.
“He is the player who can see his next challenge going to Real Madrid angaizkad if that happened he would do everything possible to be there. I insist that I wouldn’t be surprised by that.
Despite consistently starring on the pitch, scoring 19 times and setting up another 13 in Ligue 1 before injury ended his season in February, Neymar has often cut a distracted figure, with reports regularly claiming he wants to move to Real Madrid.