‘Neymar told me to join Barcelona’, Real Madrid defender says

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is happy to have been elected for another four years.”This is the model that will continue to define Real Madrid.We tried for him to come, but we saw at one point that it was not possible and we withdrew (from the deal)”, Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.But Perez has revealed that Neymar was mightily close to playing at the Santiago Bernabeu on a weekly basis, rather than the Nou Camp, and even had a medical with the club before Los Blancos pulled the plug.But Los Blancos president Perez claims bitter rivals Real nearly beat the Catalans to the punch.Barcelona beat off competition from the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain for the the former Santos forward, forcing Real Madrid to turn their attentions to securing the signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham for a then world record fee.Messi has always been regarded as one of the top two players in world football and, since 2009, has been in direct competition with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga.Bale endured a tough campaign last season, a number of injuries restricting his involvement.”Obviously something has happened, something has affected him, his credibility”. It hasn’t finished yet and I don’t want to disturb the Portuguese team. The Brazilian defender spoke with the TV Channel SportTV about these two years in the Spanish capital.”When I joined Real Madrid two years ago I had many offers on the table but when I knew Real Madrid were interested I chose to join them”.Let us know your thoughts in the comments.