Tebas: Real Madrid aren’t going to pay €400m for Neymar


Whilst Florentino Perez continues to try and replace Zinedine Zidane, he shows no sign of being deterred in his bid to sign Neymar, although LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, has made clear that Real Madrid aren’t going to pay 400 million euros for the Brazilian.

Financially, such a deal would be staggering and it would smash the world record set by Paris Saint-Germain’s purchase of the former Barcelona star last summer.

“Real Madrid aren’t going to pay the 400 million euros needed for Neymar,” he explained.

“However, the numbers that they generate can put them close to being able to undertake such a signing.”

VAR is one of the hotly debated topics ahead of the 2018/19 season, and it will be used in LaLiga matches from the start of the campaign, although Tebas is eager to avoid the shortfalls which impacted other competitions.


“We’ve realised that one of the mistakes other countries have made with VAR is the lack of communication,” he intimated.

“There hasn’t been any communication with players, coaches, referees or journalists, but we’ve already gone to the clubs to explain the system in depth.

“During pre-season we’ll do so for a second time.”

Sizeable efforts have been taken to improve the LaLiga brand over the past 18 months, and the president is eager for these to continue in such a way that reliance on stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t a necessity.

“Our goal is for the LaLiga brand to be above those of players and clubs,” he admitted.

“It’s that way in the Premier League.

“Although, I can’t remember the last time a Premier League player won the Ballon d’Or.”