Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has admitted it would not “hurt” to see former team-mate Neymar end up at Real Madrid.
Neymar, 26, has been linked to swapping Paris Saint-Germain for Los Blancos since August 2017’s world-record defection from the Blaugrana.
Speaking to El Larguero, Iniesta – who made 674 appearances and won 30 major trophies at Barca from 1996 until 2018’s move to Japan’s Vissel Kobe – insists there would be no hard feelings if the rumours about the superstar forward became true.
He said: “It wouldn’t hurt me because they are decisions that, if they happen, they happen.
“Madrid will get themselves a unique player. Barcelona have their own unique players and I see them going got all the title.”
Real Madrid expect young left-back Sergio Reguilon to return from a hamstring injury in time for next month’s Club World Cup in the UAE, according to reports.
Reguilon, 21, has filled in well for the injured Marcelo during the past month. He pulled up during Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta Vigo, however, and has joined a lengthy list of players on the treatment table.
Marca have stated that the Castilla graduate will be sidelined for one month. This means he will be back in time for Los Blancos’ tilt at a third-successive global club title.
Brazil anchorman Casemiro should return at the same time, while utility defender Nacho is out for two months.
Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Mariano are all expected to be available to coach Santiago Solari once again after the international break.
Roberto Carlos says Europe’s premier club competition belongs to Real Madrid, having won the Champions League seven times since 1998 – and 13 times in total.
Los Blancos are by far the most-successful team in Europe’s major tournament.
Ex-Brazil left-back Carlos helped gain three of them during his spell at the club from 1996-2007.
Hear him talk about the Champions League below: