FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has revealed his concerns that Neymar would end up at rivals Real Madrid after it became apparent the Brazilian forward would not be returning to the Catalan giants.
Neymar was strongly linked with a return to Barcelona at the beginning of the season, but the reigning LaLiga champions were unable to reach an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.
In an interview with RAC1, and as reported by Marca, Messi has now revealed that he was concerned his former teammate would join Los Blancos when it became clear a move to Barca was no longer on the cards.
"Honestly, I thought that Neymar would go to Madrid if he didn't come here," Messi said.
"He really wanted to leave Paris and had said so. And I thought Florentino (Perez) and Real Madrid were going to do something to take him away."
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The Brazil international ultimately remained at PSG, and has scored four goals in five Ligue 1 appearances for the Parisian giants so far this season.
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