Neymar is currently in Barcelona for a hearing over alleged fraud filed against him, his parents and former Barça presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu for corruption during his 2013 move to Camp Nou.
As part of the proceedings, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was present in the hearings via video conference. The Spaniard revealed key insights into Real Madrid’s pursuit of the player back in 2011, even confirming that the club had made an official bid for Neymar.
“Real Madrid made an offer of approximately €45 million for Neymar, but the player chose where to go and he chose Barcelona,” Perez said (h/t Mundo Deportivo) in the hearing.
The Real Madrid president went on to suggest that he had no deep knowledge of the negotiations back then and the fact that Real Madrid were not very active in the transfer saga.
“We were interested, I think like 10 years ago, that’s how the Real Madrid sports management told me, although I didn’t talk to him about it. I had no knowledge,” he said.
Perez also said he had no knowledge of DIS having any rights over Neymar’s transfers. indicating that Real Madrid had made no efforts to gain knowledge of the player’s internal contract.
“I don’t know or remember if DIS had rights over Neymar. I remember that they sent us a letter. I don’t remember having met or having conversations with Juan Figer. It doesn’t sound like anything to me. We have provided all the documentation to the summary,” he said.
DIS is a Brazilian investment company, who are the one to lodge a complaint against Neymar and the former Barcelona presidents for the alleged corruption in the transfer.
The company had owned 40% of the player’s transfer rights, but they allege that Neymar and Santos worked together to transact money through other means, without the knowledge of DIS.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.