Neymar completed Real Madrid medical prior to Barcelona move, admits Florentino Perez

But the Brazil global was close to joining Barca's fierce rivals Real Madrid, with Perez claiming Neymar underwent a medical in the Spanish capital. I talked to Neymar because we were great friends from Santos.

"Of course, we would have loved to have had Messi at Madrid", Perez told Onda Cero.

However, Perez said Real nearly completed a deal for the Brazilian but could not quite get it over the line.

The 25-year-old has admitted that even Neymar tried to persuade him to move to Barcelona but he didn't hesitate to make the move to the Bernabeu.

"But we saw at one point that it was not possible and we withdrew".

After Neymar joined Barca, Real turned their attention to Gareth Bale, signing the Welshman on 2013 summer transfer deadline day for a world-record fee from Tottenham. "People say that I have preferred players, but I've brought them all with the same affection".

"Obviously something has happened, something has affected him, his credibility".

"It's no coincidence that he's in a very important tournament, the Confederations Cup".

The Brazil captain joined the Catalan giants four years ago and has since gone onto cement his status as one of the world's best footballers, playing a prominent role in a trophy-laden period of success under the management of Luis Enrique.

Real Madrid defender Danilo will probably leave the Spanish capital in the summer.

"Now I am used to it but from time to time I stop to think that Zidane is my coach". Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Julie Sanders