Zidane fuels Neymar to Madrid speculation

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File: Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian striker Neymar celebrates his second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Glasgow Celtic at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on November 22, 2017.

File: Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian striker Neymar celebrates his second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Glasgow Celtic at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on November 22, 2017.

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File: Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian striker Neymar celebrates his second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Glasgow Celtic at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on November 22, 2017.

File: Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian striker Neymar celebrates his second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Glasgow Celtic at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on November 22, 2017.

MADRID, Spain - Under pressure Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Saturday described Neymar, a rumoured transfer target for the European champions, as a "great player who everyone loves".

Madrid are the Spanish champions and have won the past two Champions Leagues, but lie fourth in La Liga 19 points behind bitter rivals Barcelona.

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The Spanish sports press reported in November that Madrid would make a shock move for Neymar next summer.

Asked at a press conference if Neymar might one day play for Real, Zidane said he didn&39;t talk about other teams&39; players before praising the winger who joined Paris Saint Germain in August.

"This is a player who has charmed everyone, the whole football world. He is a great player," said Zidane.

Madrid fans will get a chance to judge for themselves as Paris and Real meet in the Champions League last-16 in February and March.