Dani Carvajal has claimed Neymar said he would sign for Real Madrid when he trained with the youth team back in 2006.
The Brazil international was invited for a trial training session with the club 12 years ago before watching a first-team match from the president’s box at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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The charm offensive ultimately failed, as Neymar returned to Santos before moving to Barcelona in 2013, but widespread reports continue to link the player with a move to Julen Lopetegui’s side.
The forward has been tipped to join Madrid for much of the last year after reportedly struggling to settle in France following last year’s world-record €222million transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
Los Blancos right-back Carvajal has added fuel to the transfer rumours with his comments on the matter, stating Neymar has always had it in his mind to play for Madrid at some point in his career.
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“I remember Neymar perfectly well in the youth team,” he told Libero. “He told us that he was going to stay and we all lifted him up and celebrated with him.”
Carvajal came through the Madrid youth system before rejoining the club as a 21-year-old from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013.