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Ramos praises Real Madrid target Neymar: “He’s in the top 3”

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Sergio Ramos hailed rumoured Real Madrid target Neymar as one of the world’s top-three players following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid.

With just over a week of the European transfer window left, Neymar continues to attempt an exit from Paris Saint-Germain. It seems he fancies the prospect of a La Liga return, which has set-up a bidding war between Ramos’ Real and Barcelona.

Both Spanish giants have reportedly entered talks with PSG to sign the Brazil international. However, the French champions have already turned down some mega offers from the duo.

Despite being held to a 1-1 home draw against Valladolid, though, Ramos refused to talk up Neymar’s potential arrival.

“Neymar is a top player, among the top three in the world,” said Ramos, according to Marca.

“Talking about signings is a lack of respect for this great team.

“These things are always talked about at Real Madrid and even more so when the transfer window is open.

“Players must be cold with these things.”

Neymar, incidentally, recently praised Ramos himself by labelling him as the toughest rival he’s ever faced.

Regardless of the outcome of the 27-year-old’s transfer saga, it’s been a big summer for Real in the transfer market.

The 13-time European champions have spent a club-record €305.50m in signing Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo Goes. While it seems that Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez will stay put.

“We’re going to move forward with those that we have,” continued Ramos.

“We all need to be connected. Reactivating players like Bale or James is another solution.”

Although Real president Florentino Perez is in no mood to throw in the towel in his attempts to sign long-term target Neymar.

Reports emerged on Thursday claiming the Spaniard offered PSG €100m plus Bale, James and goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

It marked another unwelcome blow for Navas’ Los Blancos career having fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order.

“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” Ramos added.

“The debate about the goalkeeper’s spot has always existed, but Real Madrid need two great goalkeepers and Courtois and Navas are two amazing goalkeepers.

“I would like [Navas] to stay because he’s also a great player, team-mate and he’s a friend.”

Real will now prepare for next Sunday’s trip to Villarreal in La Liga.

MADRID, SPAIN – AUGUST 24: Keylor Navas of Real Madrid.