The defender revealed that the former Barcelona superstar, tearing it up with Paris Saint-Germain currently, had once said he would sign for the Spanish giants.
This incident was supposed to have happened around 12 years ago, when Neymar was training with the Los Blancos youth team in 2006, when eh was still contracted to Brazilian side Santos.
Carvajal was one of the many Madrid youth team members part of that training session, and has now revealed that Neymar had promised to wear the famous whites of the Spanish giants in the future.
“I remember Neymar perfectly well in the youth team,” the Spanish defender said to Libero (via Goal). “He told us that he was going to stay and we all lifted him up and celebrated with him.”
Now 26, the Brazilian had started his career with boyhood club Santos, where he quickly showcased the qualities and skills that would have all the major European teams scampering for his signature. It was in this backdrop that Madrid had invited Neymar to train with them, and this is when this incident is reported to have happened.
The current three-time defending European champions went as far as allowing the attacker to watch the Real first-team in action from the president’s box at the famous Santiago Bernabeu. Neymar made 134 appearances in all competitions for the Brazilian side, scoring 70 times and laying on a further 35 goals before eventually deciding to join the La Liga sides biggest rivals Barcelona for a costly, and at first undisclosed, £71.5 million fee.
And this is where Neymar set the stage on fire and showed the world what all the hype was about. He made 186 appearances, scored 105 goals and had 77 assists, establishing himself as one of the best players in the world, including winning the much-vaunted treble in his second season.
But that was not enough for him, and he did not want to be playing anymore in the shadow of the great Lionel Messi. What followed was a transfer that shook the football world, and its transfer market, as oil-rich French outfit PSG met the £200 million release clause in the Brazilian’s contract, with Neymar convinced to switch the La Liga for Ligue 1 football.
And it is no surprise that Neymar is displaying virtuoso performances week-in and week-out at the French giants. In one and a half seasons, he has, he has played 41 games, scored 39 times and notched 20 assists.
Neymar may have made that promise 12 years ago, but that is a long time in football. Additionally, the Brazilian has been linked with Real since the last summer transfer window, so he could eventually end up at the Santiago Bernabeu, thus fulfilling his long-standing promise.