Neymar rubbishes talk of PSG exit and insists 'I'll stay' as Real Madrid step up hunt for Cristiano Ronaldo replacement

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Neymar and his girlfriend Bruna Marquezine - AFP
Neymar and his girlfriend Bruna Marquezine - AFP

Neymar has rubbished rumours that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain to join Real Madrid following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, and has instead reaffirmed his commitment to the French champions.

Earlier this month, Television Espanola (TVE), a state-owned public service broadcaster in Spain, claimed that a deal worth €310 million (£274.43m) had been struck for the Brazil international. Madrid, however, denied the reports as "outright false" on their official website.

Talk of Neymar leaving Paris then died down, but Ronaldo's big-money switch to Juventus has reignited speculation as Real search for a replacement.

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has also been linked with a move to Madrid, and this would now appear to be the more likely transfer after Neymar told Fox Sports he will see out his contract with PSG.

"I'll stay," he said. "I have a contract with PSG and I've chosen to be there for the challenge, for new things and higher goals.

"I won't change my head about it. I hope we can have a successful season, with new silverware, too. The press enjoys creating rumours, but everyone knows how much I care about PSG."