Valdano glad Real Madrid avoided 'bad influence' Neymar

Valdano glad Real Madrid avoided 'bad influence' Neymar

10/09/2019 at 12:50Updated 10/09/2019 at 14:21

Former Real Madrid forward Jorge Valdano is relieved that his old side did not sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, saying he would have been a bad influence.

The Brazilian forward was consistently linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu and Barcelona throughout the transfer window but ended up staying in the French captial.

Valdano, who played for Madrid in the 1980s and later returned as manager and won La Liga in 1994-95, believes he would have been had a detrimental impact on his young compatriots who play for the club.

"I wouldn't have liked to see Neymar sign for Real Madrid, he's a bit confused about what it means to be a footballer," he is quoted as saying by AS.

"I don't know if he would be a good influence for the young Brazilian players at Real Madrid, who I'm sure absolutely idolise him."

Rodrygo, an 18-year-old forward, joined Madrid from Santos, the club that developed Neymar, and Vinicius Junior are the players Valdano is believed to have been speaking about.