Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013 in a big money move from Santos in Brazil Image: Getty
Real Madrid reportedly wanted to try and sign FC Barcelona's Brazilian striker Neymar before he signed a new contract with the Blaugrana in October, according to the player's father.
Speaking to the Barcelona based 'El Mundo Deportivo, Neymar Sr. confirmed that "Real Madrid showed their interest through intermediaries" before his son signed a new deal extending his stay at the Camp Nou until 2021.
Neymar's father insisted that his son was never informed of the interest.
"The offers didn't reach him; they came to me. I know what Neymar wanted and that was to stay," he said, adding that in order to get Neymar Jr away from Barcelona, "you have to try to take away the happiness that he has here."
"If he wanted to chase financial benefits, everyone knows he would not be at Barca. But Neymar is happy where he is and has made some strong friendships."
Que Deus nos abençoe e nos proteja 🙏 ⚽ pic.twitter.com/DtEkCL9pXc— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) November 10, 2016
Neymar Sr nevertheless highlighted the cost of prising the 24-year-old away from the club he joined in 2013. He went on to say that the only way Neymar will part ways with the Catlan club is if someone pays his release clause and the subsequent taxes, which will shatter the existing world record by a mile and then some.
With inputs from IANS.