Messi: I thought Neymar would sign for Real Madrid

Ruben Hill
October 9, 2019

Messi's future was back in the spotlight over the summer after it emerged the five-time Ballon d'Or victor could leave the Nou Camp at the end of the 2019-20 season should he want to.

In an interview with RAC1, and as reported by Marca, Messi has now revealed that he was concerned his former teammate would join Los Blancos when it became clear a move to Barca was no longer on the cards.

"I honestly thought that in this market, if he did not come here, he would go to Madrid", Messi told radio station RAC.

"I have a contract for a couple more years, there is no better place to play than Barcelona, the best club in the world, but I want to play and not enjoy walking around the city and enjoying the sea", Rakitic said of his situation at Barcelona.

"He was really looking forward to leaving and making a change, and he thought that Florentino Perez and Madrid would do something to sign him".

In the end, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar remained in Ligue 1, as no deal was struck.

Do you think Neymar will ever return to Barcelona?

"It surprised us that Mateu Lahoz heard him so clearly, he struggles to speak Spanish".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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