Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola does not believe it is likely that Real Madrid will succeed in a swoop for Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar this summer.
The Brazil international left Barcelona last August to sign for PSG in a world-record €222 million (£200m/$259m) deal and proved a success in France, where he helped his side scoop the domestic treble.
However, he has been continually linked with a move back to Spain, with Madrid reportedly leading the way for his signature.
Indeed, after the recent friendly against Croatia, Blancos star Luka Modric was allegedly seen telling the superstar: “We are waiting for you.”
City have also been associated with the player, with Neymar having admitted that he would like to work under Guardiola one day, but the Catalan has brushed off such talk and suggested that Real will also have a hard time snaring the 26-year-old even if they are trying to pull him away from Paris.
“Madrid? Yes, I’ve seen that, but I don’t know, I don’t know,” he said after participating in the Costa Brava Legends Trophy, a golf tournament.
“I know that it’s not easy to leave PSG. Leaving PSG will not be easy because PSG are PSG, but in football we know that everything’s possible.
“Will he sign for Manchester City? I’m not going to PSG and he’s not coming to Manchester.”
Neymar, who is under contract until 2022, missed the end of PSG’s campaign after breaking a bone in his foot in February, throwing his participation in the World Cup in doubt.
His recovery appears to have passed off smoothly, however, and he featured in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Croatia last weekend in Liverpool, coming off the bench to score a memorable opening goal.