Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal claims that Neymar once said he would sign for the Spanish giants
The Brazilian forward arrived at the Spanish capital in 2006 for a trial training session with the youth team and later watched a first-team game from the president’s box at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But a deal for Neymar failed to materialise with the then-teenager returning to Santos in Brazil before securing a move seven years later to Real’s main rivals Barcelona.
Following his world-record €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last year, Neymar has been persistently linked with a move to Real.
And, speaking to Spanish news outlet Libero, Carvajal revealed that wearing the famous white shirt had been a dream for Neymar.
“I remember Neymar perfectly well in the youth team,” said Carvajal. “He told us that he was going to stay and we all lifted him up and celebrated with him.”
Carvajal, who previously spent a year in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, also revealed an ambition to play in the Premier League.
“I do think about it,” replied Carvajal, when asked about playing abroad. “And I am clear that I want to play in the Premier League. It is an experience that I really want to have.
“I don’t want to be left wondering what it would be like. But, on the other hand, I would like to spend my whole career here, which would be something very nice, too.”
After coming through the youth system at Real, Carvajal has made over 200 appearances in all competitions for the senior team and is contracted until June 2022.
The 26-year-old has won four Champions League titles, one La Liga crown and one Copa del Rey.