Real Madrid confirm they are not planning an offer for Neymar

Neymar should have done more for Brazil at the World Cup, says legendary Ronaldo

Ronaldo: 'We All Expected More' from Neymar at 2018 World Cup

Neymar has become the World Cup's pantomime villain, but one person who has come to his defence is Brazil legend Ronaldo.

Real Madrid have today issued a statement addressing the rumours linking Neymar with a move to the club, in which they state that they have no intention of signing the player.

"The relationship between the two clubs is extraordinary, so that, if at some point Real Madrid were considering signing a PSG player, the first thing it would do would be to go to his club".

'Real Madrid has not made any kind of offer to PSG or the player, ' a statement read on Madrid's website.

"At least that's what is being said in Brazil", the site claimed.

"We expected more from him because he's the team's star", Ronaldo told Sport TV.

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"To sign someone now to score 50 or 60 goals is going to be hard, no other player can guarantee that as Ronaldo has in these last nine years".

It surmises that Madrid are aware that it will be a tough negotiation but trust that the player's dad can exert the necessary pressure to open the doors.

"The French club are unlikely to see any value in selling him so quickly, unless it is the footballer who forces his departure", Marca adds. "And top of his list is none other than Neymar", reports.

The European champions have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazil forward as a big-name replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in a deal worth €100m (£88m/$117m) plus €12m (£10.5/$14m) in additional charges .

The 26-year-old still has four years remaining on his contract at the Ligue 1 giants.

Spanish newspaper AS then reported on Friday that in an attempt to ward off Madrid's advances, PSG were willing to give Neymar a pay rise - potentially to more than Lionel Messi's annual net salary of €40 million.

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