26th November, 2019
It is no secret that Real Madrid is interested in signing the duo of Neymar and Mbappe from PSG. That was the main reason why many poked fun at Real Madrid’s constant public statements denouncing rumors suggesting they were interested in signing Neymar in recent seasons.
The fact is that they did it for a reason, and it was to keep their positive relationship with Paris Saint-Germain going, yet those ties will now likely be tested as they play against the Brazilian and Kylian Mbappe.
As the two teams meet on the pitch in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, it is the conversations between Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Florentino Perez off the pitch that could shape the working relationship between the teams moving forward.
Having witnessed the devastation PSG could cause if you get on the wrong side of them, as Barcelona did with their underhanded pursuit of Marco Verratti, Los Blancos have essentially looked to treat the Qatar-owned club with kid-gloves.
Immediately Neymar made it clear he wanted to leave the Parc des Princes in the summer of 2019, there was constant communication between Los Blancos and the French champions over the possibility of doing a deal.
The Parisians were relaxed in the knowledge that if Los Merengues were to ever change their stance on Neymar and make a move, the first call would be from Perez to Al-Khelaifi, such is the respect between the two individuals.
Somehow,Real Madrid kept a distance from negotiations and that definitive call from president to president never came.
Meanwhile, the future of Mbappe is perhaps a different subject entirely, with Real Madrid understood to be far more interested in the Frenchman, with Zinedine Zidane publicly discussing the fact the former Monaco star hopes to play for Los Blancos in the future.
This topic isn’t expected to be discussed at lunch on Tuesday afternoon, and the Spanish giants will wait for the right moment to signal their intentions, although there are no concrete plans to make an offer as yet.
The only action that could change the situation, though, is if PSG decide that they wish to put the French international on the market, or if he decides not to renew his contract at the Parc des Princes, which expires in June 2022.