Neymar’s dream move to Real Madrid could be off – because Zinedine Zidane would prefer to sign Kylian Mbappe .
With Real Madrid out of the Champions League and way off the pace in third in La Liga, new Madrid boss Zidane is expected to spend big this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid – with the Spanish giants believed to have spoken with the Brazil star as far back as February last year.
But with Zinedine Zidane back in charge at the Bernabeu, it looks like Neymar has missed his chance to sign for the bitter rivals of his former club Barcelona .
Zidane was never keen on a move for Neymar during his first stint in charge, according to AS .
The Spanish media outlet says Zidane thought the huge outlay it would cost to sign the PSG ace could be better invested elsewhere and that there were players of a similar level who would suit his ‘team above individual’ ethos.
And it seems Neymar has now been deposed as Madrid’s number one target by the Brazilian’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe. Meanwhile, the emergence of Vinicius Jr at the Bernabeu lessens the need to sign Neymar, who plays in the same position as the 18-year-old.
Brazilian defender Eder Militao this week became the first signing of the second Zinedine Zidane era at Real Madrid .
The 21-year-old will be the first of several incomings in the summer as Zidane will be given a reported £300 million to overhaul the squad.
‘Bale to talk with Zidane’
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale ‘s agent has opened up on the Welshman’s feud with Zinedine Zidane .
Bale looked to be on his way out of the Bernabeu last summer after criticising Zidane after being left on the bench for the Champions League final.
It was Zidane who made way but Bale has endured another frustrating campaign as he continues to struggle to win over his doubters.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said: “Gareth wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted him to play another.
“He will talk with Zinedine Zidane and we will go from there.
“If you let him play how he wants to play, and have a run of games, he can be right up there.”