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Zinedine Zidane not anxious about Real Madrid future before crunch PSG tie

14 February 2018

Paris-based journalist Joao Henrique of Brazilian website Universo Online told Reuters Neymar would be interested in joining Madrid eventually, but does not envisage him leaving PSG in the immediate future.

"We're going to play the team which won the most Champions Leagues but even if we respect their history and each player, we are confident to show them that we are close to their level". Sergio Ramos and Thiago Silva have been involved in it all but both club captains will battle it out on Wednesday evening to seal their passage to the Champions League quarter final stages.

Neymar made the sport's biggest transfer when he joined PSG from Barcelona.

When the big games arrive the 33-year-old tends to turn up, and in some style.

"It is not easy to win a competition like this". We just have to hope that he has an off-day.

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Zidane believes Wednesday's encounter will be far more than Cristiano Ronaldo versus Neymar however - and insisted there is no comparison between the two global superstars.

"We talk about two great players but tomorrow it's Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain, not Neymar v Cristiano", said the Frenchman.

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Forget their patchy form this season, Real Madrid are a team transformed once the Champions League anthem plays. The Portuguese has 43 goals in his last 43 appearances in the knockout phase.

"I took the trouble to read it, and then I ripped it up", added Di Maria.

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That was after he gave an interview to Brazilian television saying that his global colleague would one day play for the Spanish giants.

"I don't know. It was in the press.I was very young and at 16 I had an offer from Inter. He handles the pressure and responds on the field", said Marquinhos of his fellow Brazilian at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Mbappe is in the spotlight, too.

Real Madrid is the most powerful brand on the planet according to the 2017 ranking of Brand Finance, but PSG are on "the same path" according to Leibana.

Neymar scored the only goal of the game on Friday night as PSG beat Toulouse 1-0 last time out to go 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

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In the summer, PSG committed €400 million on two players as they sought to break through that barrier, including the man who led their destruction at the Camp Nou, but much of the noise in the build-up to this game has been about Neymar departing for Madrid. It might well prove to be one of the most pointless games of football ever played but one in which Neymar nonetheless aggravated a leg injury which ruled him out of the Lyon challenge.