Thiago Silva is not prepared to discuss the possibility of his Brazil team-mate Neymar joining Paris Saint-Germain in a reported €222million switch until after Saturday’s showdown with Monaco.
Barcelona striker Neymar has been linked with a potential world-record transfer to ambitious PSG, where he would be reunited with Selecao defender Silva, among other Brazilians.
The capital club have kept their counsel but, ahead of the Trophee des Champions meeting with Ligue 1 winners Monaco in Morocco, Silva said the time to talk about any deal might come “soon”.
Quoted in Le Parisien, he said of Neymar: “I play with him in the national team. But this is not the time to talk about him, the priority is tomorrow’s match. After the game, we can talk more about it.
“He’s my friend, we’ve been playing together for seven years. We have a very honest relationship.
“But we will have to wait. Soon everybody will be talking about it.”
Of the pre-season encounter with Monaco, who in May ended PSG’s run of four straight titles, Silva said: “It will be an interesting game, especially considering that they won the last championship.
“This will be an important match – 50 per cent for us and the same for them. We have a lot of respect for them but now this is a new season and we’re getting back to work again.”
Silva got the better of Monaco’s breakthrough teenager Kylian Mbappe – himself linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid this summer – in April’s Coupe de la Ligue final, which PSG won 4-1.
The former AC Milan centre-back added: “When you go up against players with that much quality, you have to work very hard mentally.
“I have good memories of that final, I was very good as were our whole team. I hope that will be the same tomorrow.
“We know it’s going to be very hot but we will do everything we can to bring home this trophy.”
Radamel Falcao is one of the few Monaco stars to have remained with the principality outfit following their first title-winning season in 17 years, with the likes of Bernardo
Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy all moving to the Premier League in the transfer window.
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The Colombian hitman therefore represented the club at the pre-match press conference, speaking of the domestic rivals’ shared ambition to conquer this overseas challenge.
“Paris and Monaco are two great teams,” said Falcao. “They both want to win this prize.
“We are out here to take this match seriously and there can be no favourite. Everyone wants to play well and try to take the cup back to France.”
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Monaco have recouped around €165million in player sales this summer with the Ligue 1 champions selling Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko for big fees while Valere Germain, Nabil Dirar, Corentin Jean and Abdou Diallo have departed as well.
Unsurprisingly they have been targeted by Europe’s heavyweights and more stars are coveted with Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe linked with moves away from the Principality side.
However, they have been busy in the transfer market themselves having spent €51million on the likes of Youri Tielemans and Terence Kongolo among others.
Below is a video looking at the new generation of Monaco stars.
Here, we look at the key match information ahead of what is a sold-out clash between the two giants stateside.
The match is a pre-curtain raiser to their Spanish Super Cup double-legged clash later this month.
The first El Clasico of the season gets underway at 3.30am on Sunday 30th July.
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The 65,000 all-seater Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
This is the final friendly before Real’s competitive matches get underway. Full schedule below:
EUROPEAN SUPER CUP
Real Madrid vs Manchester United, Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia
SPANISH SUPER CUP – FIRST LEG
Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Nou Camp
SPANISH SUPER CUP – SECOND LEG
Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Bernabeu