Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane shied away from queries regarding the possibility of the club signing Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.
The Brazilian has strongly been linked to a move out of the French capital, with PSG director Leonardo confirming that the player could return to La Liga. However, his destination is still not confirmed, with El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Madrid tussling for his signature.
When asked about the possibility of signing Neymar, Zidane preferred to remain tight-lipped. He maintained that he will continue to work with the current roster and try to achieve the objectives.
However, he did admit that anything can happen in the three weeks before the transfer window closes.
“We are going to play with the roster we have. Anything can happen then, as you said there are three more weeks (before the end of the transfer window), but the reality is the team that we have now. We know we need to play a great season, and nothing else,” he said after his team’s defeat to Roma on penalties in their final pre-season friendly.
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Gareth Bale impressed on his return to action for Real Madrid as a substitute in a 2-2 pre-season draw with Roma.
The Wales international, who was expected to leave the Spanish giants this summer after falling out of favour with boss Zinedine Zidane, came on for the last 30 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico.
Bale saw Madrid president Florentino Perez pull the plug on a big-money move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning a fortnight ago.
The 30-year-old scored in the penalty shoot-out which decided the winners of the Mabel Green Cup, but Madrid lost 5-4.
Bale will now hope to be involved in the squad for Real’s first LaLiga game of the season against Celta Vigo next weekend.
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Despite rumblings to the contrary, Zinedine Zidane is in control of Real Madrid’s transfer policy – and not the Los Blancos board.
A report in Marca insists that the men upstairs have been dancing to Zidane’s tune during a summer transfer window that has already seen Real spend upwards of €300 million.
Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard, Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, Porto centre-back Eder Militao and Brazilian wonderkid Rodrygo have already passed through the gates at the Bernabeu.
The club’s pursuit of Zidane’s top target, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, remains a sticking point – but it is not for the want of trying, according to Marca.
Zidane has also instructed the money men to find new homes for Gareth Bale, James Rodiguez and Mariano Diaz, as Zidane looks to trim his squad ahead of the La Liga kick-off next weekend.
Madrid open up their campaign at Celta Vigo on Saturday August 17 and can expect to have Militao and Casemiro back fit.