Neymar is not likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and is in talks with the Ligue 1 giants over a new contract, according to his father.

Barcelona have been linked with a return for Neymar, who became the world's most expensive footballer when he joined PSG in a deal worth €222million in 2017.

Real Madrid are also reported to be keen on buying Neymar to freshen up a forward line that has struggled to step up following the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

The 27-year-old's father, however, said Neymar - who is sidelined by a foot injury - is not looking to leave Paris.

"He still has three years to go before the end of his contract," Neymar's father said to Brazilian outlet UOL. "And we are already talking about an extension.

"The probability that he does not leave is very great. People say that Neymar is in all the rumours of a transfer to big clubs at every transfer window.

"It does mean that there is good management of his career, he is always among the names. But that does not mean he's going to go to one club or another."

N'Golo Kante dismissed talk of a move to Real Madrid as he insists his focus remains on success with Chelsea.

France international Kante won the Premier League with Leicester City in his first season in England and then repeated the feat with Chelsea in his second campaign in 2016-17.

But the Blues have struggled since, missing out on Champions League qualification last term and then slipping off the pace again this season.

Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane's return to Madrid has seen speculation increase that Kante might be a close-season target, and Juventus have been linked, too.

Yet the Chelsea star will not discuss matters away from Stamford Bridge.

"I am at Chelsea and I still have aims here," Kante told RTL. "What is said elsewhere is not important."

He added of a potential conversation with Zidane: "That is not important. I am at Chelsea and I am focused on that."

Kante has scored three goals in 30 Premier League games this season, playing in a slightly more advanced role under Maurizio Sarri.

As well as Kante, Madrid are reportedly interested in Liverpool's in-form winger Sadio Mane.

Jose Mourinho says Zinedine Zidane is the right person to coach Real Madrid but suggested it is too early to judge the Frenchman's success as a manager.

Zidane returned to Madrid earlier this month after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both failed to impress in short spells after his shock resignation last year.

Mourinho, out of work since leaving Manchester United, had been strongly linked with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu, where he won the 2011-2012 LaLiga title.

Zidane won the Champions League in all three of his seasons at Madrid but despite praising that success, which eclipses Mourinho's two career titles in the competition, the former Inter and Porto head coach is not fully convinced.

"I do not think we can talk about a career for him yet," Mourinho told Canal+ of Zidane returning to Madrid.

"But in a very short time, he did what no one had done before, that is winning three consecutive Champions Leagues.

"Now he is starting a new step in his career. He has to build a team, he has to make choices, buy players, sell them. He has to train them, give them his philosophy of play.

"I think he’s probably the best person for this club."

Mourinho has claimed to have turned down a number of job offers and previously confirmed he is targeting a June return to management.

And the Portuguese gave a further insight into his plans for the future after being sacked by United last year.

"Day after day, I miss training. I'm not going to hide it," Mourinho added. 

"There's something going on in my head, winning a fifth league and a new Champions League with a third club."

Gareth Bale would be welcomed back to Tottenham should he choose to call time on his spell at Real Madrid, according to Spurs defender Ben Davies.

Speculation over Bale's future at Santiago Bernabeu has been rife during a season in which Madrid have struggled to cope following the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Bale dazzled at Tottenham before moving to Spain, and his Wales team-mate Davies said he would relish the chance to play alongside his country's leading scorer on a more regular basis.

"He's come under a bit of flak at Madrid recently, but for Wales he's always been brilliant," Davies told reporters ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia.

"I'm always going to say it's unfair, he is one of the best players in the world, we see it every day in training.

"I'd definitely have him at Tottenham. But I don't know how likely that is."

Wales beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in a friendly ahead of their clash with Slovakia, though Bale is not the only player to have impressed Davies during the international break. 

Ryan Giggs named David Brooks, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn and Daniel James in his squad, with their quality leaving Davies optimistic about Wales' long-term future. 

"If you look at the options we've got now, we definitely have a lot more up there," said the defender. 

"In the past, we only had Gareth with that pace, but we're lucky to be blessed with it now. 

"It's a good position to be in as a squad, the younger players will want to show what they can do when they get the chance of a regular place – that's the competition you want." 

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro praised the LaLiga giants for signing Brazil defender Eder Militao after "half of Europe wanted him".

Militao, 21, will make the move from Porto in July after Madrid paid a reported €50million for his services.

After playing alongside Militao in Brazil's friendly draw with Panama on Saturday, Casemiro hailed the club for signing the centre-back.

"I've got to congratulate Real Madrid for signing him because half of Europe wanted him," he said, via AS.

"Militao has earned the right to play at the best club in the world and he'll be very welcome next season."

Militao is in just his first campaign at Porto after making a switch from Sao Paulo in August last year.

He has already made 34 appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese giants, who will face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard dismissed reports that he has already agreed a move to Real Madrid, insisting "there is still nothing".

Hazard has been strongly linked with Madrid for months, and although he has often spoken positively about playing for Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri, he has continued to flirt with Los Blancos.

He went as far claiming playing for Madrid was a "dream" of his last year, while reports on Saturday suggest the 28-year-old has already reached an agreement with them for a five-year contract.

Speaking on international duty with Belgium, Hazard moved to quash such speculation, though he did little to ease the worries of Chelsea fans.

Initially, when Hazard recognised a Madrid question was forthcoming at a news conference, he said: "No, no, I'm not here to talk about Real."

But he was pressed for an answer, replying: "There is still nothing. I'm focused on [playing against] Cyprus - that's the only thing I'm working on now."

Hazard has scored 13 goals and set up another 11 in the Premier League this season.

Gareth Bale says he is raring to go for Wales and has denied injury problems have played a part in a difficult season at Real Madrid.

The LaLiga giants have reappointed Zinedine Zidane - with whom Bale had a difficult relationship - after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both failed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bale was a surprise starter and found the net as Madrid beat struggling Celta Vigo 2-0 in Zidane's first game back in charge, with the similarly recalled Isco also on the scoresheet.

It was only Bale's 17th LaLiga start of the campaign, with the Wales forward having struggled to nail down a regular place in the Madrid team this season.

Yet ahead of Ryan Giggs' side starting their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at home to Slovakia, Bale dismissed any lingering fitness concerns.

"I've only had one injury, I've been fine," Bale told reporters on Saturday. "I have been playing, I've scored a decent amount of goals.

"We want to be playing in the major tournaments and experience what we have been through.

"We need to produce again, we need to work hard as a team. I am ready, I am raring to go."

While Bale is available despite sitting out a warm-up against Trinidad and Tobago, Aaron Ramsey will miss the Slovakia game due to injury.

"Obviously it's a big blow for us," Bale said of the Arsenal midfielder, who is set to join Juventus. "He's a big player for us and we'll obviously miss him.

"But it gives someone else a chance to step in and do a good job, and hopefully help the team to a win."

Slovakia won their first Group E game 2-0 against Hungary while World Cup finalists Croatia also made a winning start, triumphing 2-1 at home to Azerbaijan.

"We are going for top spot, I don't know why we wouldn't," Bale added. "We are always the underdogs. The bookies aren't always right. We are going to go into this campaign looking to win the group.

"We know both countries got off to a winning start the other day but there is no reason why we can't. There's no reason why we can't go on and win the group."

Neymar and Vinicius Junior could play "in any team in the world" according to Casemiro, but the Real Madrid midfielder said it would be down to national team coach Tite to decide whether they can play together for Brazil.

As the Selecao prepared for friendly matches against Panama and Czech Republic, Casemiro expressed his admiration for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar and his Madrid team-mate Vinicius, both of whom are ruled out of international duty by injuries.

While Neymar has made 96 appearances for Brazil in the nine years since making his bow, Vinicius has yet to be handed his full international debut.

But Casemiro feels the 18-year-old's recent form for Madrid, where he has made eight LaLiga starts and scored two goals in 2018-19, put him in the same bracket as Neymar.

"We started talking about Neymar here," Casemiro told reporters. "Let's spend the whole afternoon talking about him.

"For me, Neymar's in the top three and has everything to be the best in the world. In the last two months Vinicius played at a high level, at a level of one of the best in the world.

"What he's producing at Real was not normal, for someone who's 18 years old. Being bold in the shirt of Real Madrid is not easy."

Tite has the likes of Everton forward Richarlison and West Ham winger Felipe Anderson in his squad to face Panama and Czech Republic, but Casemiro knows there will be some tough decisions to make when Neymar and Vinicius return to fitness.

Neymar is recovering from a fractured metatarsal while Vinicius has damaged ankle ligaments, and Casemiro backed the pair to flourish upon their comebacks.

"We're talking about two great players, two players who are exceptional," said Casemiro.

"It is up to the coach to talk about whether they can play together or not. There's no doubt they are great players.

"Of course, they can play in any team in the world."

Brazil's match against Panama takes place in Portugal on Saturday, while the clash with Czech Republic is on Tuesday in Prague.

Thibaut Courtois insists he is still one of the world's best goalkeepers and has accused the Spanish media of wanting to "kill" him.

The Real Madrid man gifted the ball to Denis Cheryshev to score after being caught in possession during Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifier.

Although two Eden Hazard goals eventually helped to secure a 3-1 win, Courtois' error has led to further questions over his form this season.

The former Chelsea star has failed to impress in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu and was dropped for Keylor Navas in Zinedine Zidane's first match back in charge against Celta Vigo.

However, the 26-year-old has no doubts over his abilities.

"I still consider myself one of the best, despite the Spanish press wanting to kill me," he said, according to El Espanol.

"I feel very strong. I'm calm because I train well and play well.

"It was a small mistake, but that's the life of a goalkeeper. Despite that, afterwards I stayed calm and played my game."

Gareth Bale has moved to deny rumours he had a bad relationship with former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The duo, once the most expensive two players in football, played alongside one another at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2013 and 2018 but were said to have a poor rapport prior to the Portuguese's transfer to Juventus.

However, the Wales star now says he relished playing with his former team-mate despite the rumours to the contrary.

"Cristiano is an incredible player, I thoroughly enjoyed playing with him," he said on a segment of BT Sport's What I Wore series.

"Obviously the media try and hype all these problems which were never there. We got on really well. An incredible player, what he did for the club and the amount of goals he scored, and he’s still going now."

Reflecting on his career, Bale picked out his two goals in last season's Champions League final, one of them a spectacular bicycle kick, as highlights, and revealed that being left on the bench for the Kiev showpiece inspired his match-winning cameo.

"Going into the final, I'd been playing really well and scoring a lot of goals and I felt kind of angry that I wasn't starting because I felt like I deserved it," he added.

"Coming on in the final I had a bit of anger and that spurred me on to score such a good goal, and even take on the second shot from such a distance."

Bale was the subject of a €100million deal to take him to Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 and opened up on how he felt at the time.

"My unveiling at the stadium – there was about 40, 50,000 people there and I was just like, 'Oh god'," he said.

"I appreciated everything Tottenham had done for me but I think they did understand at the time that when such a big club like Real Madrid comes calling, it is difficult to turn them down. You have to take it in your stride. You just have to try your best, give it a go and enjoy the experience."

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane refused to discuss his future amid growing speculation.

According to reports, Varane is considering leaving Madrid as he seeks a new challenge having won four Champions Leagues and two LaLiga titles since arriving in 2011.

The 25-year-old, however, was not willing to talk about his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I do not want to talk about my future," Varane – who is preparing for France's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland – told Le Parisien.

"I am not one to discuss my future publicly."

Varane has been reunited with countryman Zinedine Zidane, who returned to Madrid as head coach following Santiago Solari's sacking.

Zidane left the Spanish capital after guiding Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title before being re-appointed earlier this month.

"Nine months is not a long time. It was as if it was yesterday," Varane said.

"I appreciate him both as a person and as a coach. He has been very important to me."

Martin Odegaard admits it came as a surprise when Zinedine Zidane agreed to return to Real Madrid as head coach.

Former France star Zidane, who stepped down after winning a third consecutive Champions League last May, was reappointed Madrid boss on a three-year deal following a disappointing run of results under Santiago Solari.

Odegaard, who is on loan with Eredivisie side Vitesse, says the news was a very positive surprise.

"I didn't think Zidane was going to return so soon, but I think he's a perfect coach for Real Madrid," he told AS.

"He can make a good group again and create something very good. I think it's very positive."

Odegaard worked with Zidane both for the Castilla and senior Madrid side, although his opportunities in the first team were limited.

The 20-year-old thinks his old coach's return could bode well for his chances of forging a career at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he seems prepared to leave at the end of the season if he believes it will be best for his development.

"I get on very well with Zidane, but I don't know what they'll decide about my future," Odegaard added. "I think it could be positive for me because he knows me and can have an idea of what I can give to the team. I know him well and we have a good relationship.

"The truth is there are a lot of possibilities for my future and we'll have to talk at the end of the season. As I say, I've not talked to Madrid yet and I don't know what they'll think about me. There will be time to talk in a few months when the season ends.

"I think it's really important for my development to have a lot of minutes and I know that's very difficult at Madrid. I'm sure we'll talk at the end of the season and find a solution together that's good for everyone."

Paul Pogba has again prompted speculation he could leave Manchester United by describing Real Madrid as a "dream".

Pogba was linked with an Old Trafford exit earlier in the season as his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho broke down.

The World Cup winner was frozen out by Mourinho towards the end of the Portuguese's time in charge but found a rich seam of form under caretaker replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

On international duty with France, though, Pogba has once more hinted he may be looking for a way out of United for a second time with Zinedine Zidane's return to Madrid piquing his interest.

"Like I've always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"It's one of the biggest clubs in the world. There is also Zidane as a coach and it's a dream for anybody who likes football.

"For now, I'm at Manchester. We don't know what the future holds. I'm at Manchester and I'm happy."

France get their Euro 2020 qualification campaign up and running away to Moldova in Group H on Friday.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas criticised Santiago Solari, saying he never felt he would get a chance regardless of what he did under the former head coach.

Navas made just his fourth start of the LaLiga season against Celta Vigo on Saturday, given his opportunity by Zinedine Zidane after the Frenchman returned to the helm earlier this month.

The Costa Rica international said there was nothing he could do to convince Solari he deserved to play more often.

"I did have the feeling that whatever I did in practice, I wasn't going to play," Navas told Cadena COPE on Tuesday.

"But I've always been a professional. I was motivated to do things well because I'm privileged."

Navas, who joined Madrid in 2014, is contracted until mid-2021 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 32-year-old said he was focused on the LaLiga giants, but warned he needed to be playing more often.

"I have a contract. My enthusiasm has always been at Real Madrid and I am focused on what is coming," Navas said.

"I have given everything for this club and I will continue giving it while I'm here, but I don't want to spend another year like that."

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