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Rivaldo: Neymar to Real Madrid wouldn’t be a Barca betrayal

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Barcelona legend Rivaldo doesn’t believe Neymar would be committing a “betrayal” should he end up at Real Madrid this summer.

Neymar’s alleged efforts to force an exit from Paris Saint-Germain has made progress recently. In fact, sporting director Leonardo dropped a big hint that talks are “more advanced than before” last week.

Naturally, this has caused speculation linking Neymar with a La Liga return to either Barcelona or Real to grow. The two Spanish giants are prepared to go head-to-head for the Brazilian despite PSG’s reported demands of €250m.

Reports have now claimed that Barcelona representatives are in France to begin talks with the French champions. They seem keen on the idea of reuniting with one of their old star men despite struggles to gather funds to make it happen.

The Blaugrana are, in fact, hoping to sign Neymar on a season-long loan deal. Apparently, they hope it will give them enough time to build enough money to sign him permanently.

However, Real president Florentino Perez is a long-time admirer of Neymar’s and could offer PSG what they want now.

“There have been many rumours about which of the clubs negotiating for Neymar – Real Madrid and Barcelona – needs him most now,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

“But Neymar is such a talented player that any team in the world would benefit from having him in their side.

“Of course, I would prefer to see him back to Barcelona but if he ends up at Real Madrid it will also be a big move for him.

“For now, what is clear is the player’s desire to leave PSG. With two big Spanish clubs competing for him, he should be even more eager to fly away from Paris.

“If Zinedine Zidane signs Neymar for Real Madrid, I won’t see it as a betrayal. Neymar left Barcelona to sign for PSG and now could fly to Madrid, so it’s not the same as if he had left Barca for Madrid.

“He must also be professional, but I bet that if he has the chance to get back to a place where he was happy before, and where he knows most of the players, he would love to return to Barcelona. But that depends on the offer Barcelona could make for him.

“PSG won’t accept a lesser offer from Barca just because Neymar prefers to go there. They don’t want to lose money and will obviously accept the best offer available.”

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JULY 29: Neymar #11 of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup 2017 match against Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)