Santos president: “I hope Neymar goes to Real Madrid”

13 May 2019

Neymar is once again at the center of transfer speculation, and whilst Paris Saint-Germain have made clear their desire to keep him, Santos president Jose Carlos Peres has stated that he hopes the Brazilian moves to Real Madrid.

Los Blancos are set for a restructuring of their forward line with Rodrygo Goes having already signed from Santos, and it appears increasingly likely that Chelsea star Eden Hazard will follow him.

“I hope Neymar goes to Real Madrid, it would be the best place for him,” Peres explained.

“He was totally wrong to leave Barcelona, he was still growing as a player. He hasn’t done well since he left.

“I’m a follower of Real Madrid and it’s a club that does things in a perfect way. If he gets the chance to wear the Real Madrid shirt, then he shouldn’t think twice.”

Rodrygo will leave Santos for the Spanish capital in the summer, and the 18-year-old does so with the blessing of the president.

Rodrygo is going to be a great player, I was very happy when he signed for Madrid,” he admitted.

“He’s not a star, he is always willing to learn.

“He loves football, and that is very important.”

Santos remain one of the most prestigious clubs in world football, although that is mainly due to their success in years gone by, yet the president feels as though his team should be closer to Europe’s elite clubs.

“We’ve had Pele and other great players, we used to play 60 or 70 friendly matches in Europe, but now we can’t do it,” stated Peres.

“The best players to come through here are PeleRobinhoNeymar and now Rodrygo.

“The best thing about this club is that we always play attacking football, looking to control our opponent; we can win again and we’re the most internationally recognized Brazilian team.”

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