Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos gives his assessment of Neymar

David Cooper - Writer 14:46 25/08/2019
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Neymar and Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos rates Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar as one of the “three best players in the world”.

Los Blancos are locked in negotiations with the Ligue 1 giants to bring the Brazilian to the Bernabeu with the forward’s former club Barcelona also in the hunt.

Juventus are reportedly monitoring the situation as well, and Ramos was asked about Neymar following his side’s 1-1 La Liga draw with Real Valladolid on Saturday.

“Neymar is a top player, among the top three in the world,” Ramos told reporters. “Talking about signings is a lack of respect for this great team.

“These things are always talked about at Real Madrid and even more so when the transfer window is open.

“Players must be cold with these things.”

Madrid spent heavily over the summer as Zinedine Zidane looked to overhaul his squad after a deeply disappointing season.

However, through injury or non-selection, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo Goes have barely featured so far this season with two players thought to be cut adrift starting on Saturday.

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez featured in the starting XI together for the first time since 2016 and Ramos says their re-emergence is a boost.

“We’re going to move forward with those that we have,” Ramos said. “We all need to be connected.

“Reactivating players like Bale or James is another solution.”

One player who could be on his way out of the club, though, is Keylor Navas. The goalkeeper has reportedly handed in a transfer request with Thibaut Courtois the undisputed No1.

PSG are strongly linked with a move for the Costa Rican but Ramos wants him to remain in Madrid.

“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” Ramos added.

“The debate about the goalkeeper’s spot has always existed, but Real Madrid need two great goalkeepers and Courtois and Navas are two amazing goalkeepers.

“I would like [Navas] to stay because he’s also a great player, team-mate and he’s a friend.”

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