Neymar will be the best and Real Madrid need the best, says Ronaldo

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Brazil legend and former Real Madrid star Ronaldo says the club should pull out all the stops to sign compatriot Neymar this summer.

Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in a world record €222million transfer at the start of this season, and his PSG contract runs until 2022, but there has been constant speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.

Ronaldo spent four seasons at Real Madrid, and says his former club’s tendency to sign the best players in the world means they should be looking at his fellow Brazilian.

“Neymar is a superb player, maybe he will be the best in the world in a few years, and Real Madrid need the best,” Ronaldo said.

That being said, Ronaldo is unsure how much he should read into the speculation, noting that he has no idea how close Madrid are in any attempt to sign Neymar.

“I haven’t heard any official representative of Real Madrid say anything about Neymar,” Ronaldo said.

Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid to sign fellow Brazilian Neymar.

Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid to sign fellow Brazilian Neymar.

Madrid will face Neymar and PSG in the Champions League Round of 16, with the first leg of the tie in Madrid next week. The Spaniards have had a poor start to the season, but Ronaldo feels the European tie should serve as a way for Madrid to end the season well.

“They should think about what they have and this year it’s difficult for Madrid, they have to keep going and end well.

“The Champions League is a competition that they do well in and we will see how it ends, because everything changes very quickly in football.”

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What the papers say

Manchester City are ready to turn their back on Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez for good, according to the Mirror. The club bid £60million for the star last month but the deal collapsed and Mahrez has since been absent from the Foxes’ training and matches. Blues boss Pep Guardiola is said to have major concerns at the way Mahrez has dealt with the fall-out and will now look elsewhere, the paper reports.

Manchester United are reportedly preparing a £45million bid for Monaco star Fabinho. The Sun says reports in Italy suggest Jose Mourinho will step-up their pursuit of the 24-year-old wing-back at the end of the season.

Luke Shaw is in line for a new long-term deal with Manchester United, the Mirror reports. The paper says the England full-back appears to have won over Jose Mourinho after a turbulent few years. The 22-year-old has impressed in recent weeks and the club are looking to tie him down on improved terms, it adds.

Liverpool are looking to make another move for Thomas Lemar after he turned down a new contract at Monaco, according to the Independent. The paper says Jurgen Klopp had wanted to bring in the winger this January, but the French side did not want to let him go in the middle of a season. But his unwillingness to sign a new deal at Monaco could open the door for Liverpool to return with a bid in the summer, the paper adds.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, who has been touted as a potential replacement for Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, is preparing himself for a move to England, according to the Telegraph. The paper says allies have confirmed that he wants to return to management in the Premier League.

Players to watch

Ainsley Maitland-Neal: Arsenal are in talks with the 20-year-old over a new deal, according to ESPN. The site says the club want to secure his future and reward him for his impressive performances this season with a new long-term contract.

Isco: Three Premier League clubs are said to have made an offer to sign the Real Madrid star. Spanish outlet Diario Gol says the midfielder has attracted the interest of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

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Tottenham's Hugo Lloris will reportedly follow Mauricio Pochettino to Real Madrid

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Hugo Lloris and Mauricio Pochettino

The transfer window shut just over a week ago but the rumour mill continues to be feed with fans and clubs alike still yet to lose their appetite for change.

Here, we look at the biggest transfer stories circulating Europe’s media today.

LLORIS TO JOIN POCH AT MADRID

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the strong favourite to take over as Real Madrid manager should Zinedine Zidane leave in the summer.

And according to Diario Gol, the Argentine will attempt to bring Spurs No1 Hugo Lloris with him to the Bernabeu.

RATING: 6/10

VERDICT

Ah the old transfer rumour within a rumour. It’s actually refreshing to see Tottenham players other than Harry Kane linked with Madrid and Lloris, regardless of Pochettino’s future, is a logical choice for Los Blancos.

Real are in the market for a new keeper and the France stopper is among the very best in the world.

SHAW SET FOR NEW UNITED DEAL

Manchester United are set to offer Luke Shaw a new deal with the left-back successfully turning his career around under Jose Mourinho.

The Mirror reports the 22-year-old will be offered new terms before the end of the season with the former Southampton left-back’s current contract up in 2019.

RATING: 8/10

VERDICT

A torrid few years at United appear to have come to an end and a new deal would wet the ink on a new chapter for the full back.

After public criticisms from Mourinho, the England international has been back in the first team and his promising performances will be rightly rewarded with his £80,000-a-week contract set to be raised.

Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho

Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho

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