We would have loved Messi at Madrid, says Florentino

"This is the model that will continue to define Real Madrid".

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

"Last year we had the chance to sign him but we didn't take it and now we don't have any agreement with Manchester United to sign him".

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.

Navas's form improved towards the end of the campaign, however, as his side won the double of the La Liga title and the Champions League. "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".

Perez also explained that despite their failed bid for De Gea in 2015, he, Zinedine Zidane and the club's players were firmly behind current first choice goalkeeper, Keylor Navas. He just wants to be the best player in the world.

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  • Julie Sanders