Honestly this is starting to resemble a horrible Saturday Night Live skit, you know the one. The one that keeps going on and on and you're hoping there's a punch line, yet it never comes. That's what it's like following the Neymar saga. You keep hoping for a punch line, and a laugh and it's just not coming. I likened it to the way Harry Redknapp keeps prattling on about Modric in regards to Chelsea/Spurs drama (in full disclosure - I'm also a Chelsea supporter).
Here we are again, this time it's not Neymar's annoying agent doing in the talking it's Santos' sporting director Pedro Luiz Conceicao. According to him Real Madrid is unwilling to pay the release clause in Neymar's contract. Now of course it's been thought and reported elsewhere that really the €45 million wasn't the sticking point and RM was ready to pony up the cash.
Apparently this isn't the case, as Conceicao is telling the press.
"We can't understand how a club can spend €30 million on a defender like Coentrao and won't pay 45 for a forward who will provide goals and entertainment.
"We have no intention of opening negotiations for Neymar right now. He wants to stay and we want him to stay."
He added: "[Real Madrid] think money is everything in life, but that is not always the case. There are other values in life."
Ah yes the old "there's more to life than money gag".
Frankly he can go pound sand for all I care. I look at it this way, they way RM is set up now we don't really have a giant need for him. While after the first friendly against the LA Galaxy, Kaka has faded a bit - and I chalk this up to conditioning - he is an important cog in the wheel that is Real Madrid. I'm not saying throw all the pre-season results out the door, but to put too much stock in the them is a fools errand.
Will this be the last we hear about Neymar? I highly doubt it. For me at least, I'm happy the way this side has been put together, yes Neymar would be an added bonus. But really it's not imperative that we sign him.