Dani Carvajal has claimed Neymar said he would sign for Real Madrid when he trained with the youth team back in 2006.
The charm offensive ultimately failed, as Neymar returned to Santos before moving to Barcelona in 2013, but widespread reports continue to link the player with a move to Julen Lopetegui’s side.
The forward has been tipped to join Madrid for much of the last year after reportedly struggling to settle in France following last year’s world-record €222million transfer from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain.
Carvajal came through the Madrid youth system before rejoining the club as a 21-year-old from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013.
“I do think about it,” the 26-year-old said when asked if he has considered playing abroad. “And I am clear that I want to play in the Premier League. It is an experience that I really want to have.