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Sergio Ramos Reveals Chat With Neymar That Prompted PSG Move

Ramos revealed he decided to sign for PSG after a chat with Neymar
Ramos revealed he decided to sign for PSG after a chat with Neymar / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Sergio Ramos has revealed that a chat with Paris Saint-Germain Neymar convinced him to sign for the Ligue 1 giants earlier this month.

Ramos left Real Madrid as a free agent after failing to agree a new deal and was linked with a switch to several clubs, including Premier League giants, Manchester United and Arsenal. But the veteran defender has admitted that a conversation with his former rival allayed his doubt about moving to the Parcs des Princes.

He told L'Equipe, via Diario AS: "Neymar convinced me before signing for PSG. Before signing for a new club, it is always helpful to talk with several players, or with Leonardo or Al-Khelaifi. They all convinced me in their own way."

The Spaniard added that he has been on cordial terms with Neymar despite the Brazilian plying his trade for Barcelona between 2013 and 2017. "I have been talking to Neymar for six or seven years," he added. "Despite the fact he played for Barca and I played for Madrid, we have always had an extraordinary friendship."

PSG are yet to win the Champions League, and are hoping a player of Ramos' calibre can help them achieve that goal. He said: "To come to a club that is 51 years old and has not won the Champions League, it would be historic to do so. And from a personal point of view, having a fifth Champions League would be very important."

Ramos also had a few words of advice for Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with a switch to Real Madrid. "I advise him to stay at PSG," he said. "I am nobody to decide the future of Kylian but I want him to stay. You have to have the best players and Kylian is one of them, like Neymar. Three of us can do great things."