Messi admits he expected Neymar to join Real Madrid

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has admitted he feared Neymar would join Real Madrid this summer, rather than return to the Camp Nou.

Neymar was linked with a move back to his former club all summer, but there was also speculation that LaLiga rivals Real, would try to hijack any move.

In the end, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar remained in Ligue 1, as no deal was struck.

“Honestly, I thought that Neymar would go to Madrid if he didn’t come here.

“He really wanted to leave Paris and had said so. And I thought Florentino and Real Madrid were going to do something to take it away,” Messi said in an interview with RAC1.