The reason why former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane did not want to sign Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has reportedly been revealed.
According to Brazilian journalist Andre Rizek and as cited by AS, the French boss did not support Florentino Perez's plan to bring Neymar to Real.
Rizek has claimed that a source close to Zidane informed him that the former Los Blancos boss does not believe Neymar and Marcelo can play well together.
"I got news today from a friend of Zidane who had dinner with him in Madrid a few days before he left the club," Rizek said on Brazil's Sport TV.
"During their encounter, Zidane gave him his opinion on the possible arrival of Neymar. That friend of Zidane told me that the Frenchman didn't like the idea because he understood that Marcelo and Neymar couldn't play together, except against smaller teams.
"Zidane understood that they occupy the same part of the field and didn't approve of signing Neymar."
Many have subsequently claimed that Zidane stepped down as boss because he did not feel signing Neymar would improve Los Blancos, while president Florentino Perez feels the exact opposite.
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