Real Madrid have reportedly decided to drop their long-standing interest in Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar and wait for his fellow teammate Kylian Mbappe instead
Unhappy with his life in Paris, the Brazilian forward has been heavily linked with a return to La Liga, with Real Madrid and Barcelona named as the leading candidates for his signature.
Although the 27-year-old tried to force his way back to the Camp Nou this summer, the Catalans vice-president Jordi Cardoner has already made it clear that the Blaugrana won’t rehire their former star.
Neymar has long been Florentino Perez’s dream, but the Brazilian’s injury-proneness, as well as, continuous controversies off the field have made Perez change his mind, according to Mirror.
Los Blancos’ chairman along with Zinedine Zidane has opted to abandon the track to the ex-Santos man and instead go after Kylian Mbappe next summer.
The 20-year-old Frenchman is widely regarded as the future Ballon d’Or winner, and he perfectly fits the profile for the type of player Perez is used to lure to the Bernabeu.
Mbappe’s long-term future at Parc des Princes hangs in the balance, although it is certain that will stay at PSG next season. But, a chance to become Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor at Real Madrid may temp him to swap Ligue 1 for La Liga next summer.
Meanwhile, if Neymar fails to depart the French capital before the window slams shut, he may be facing a nightmarish prospect of spending the entire 2019-20 campaign on the sidelines.