Real Madrid deny involvement in Neymar investigation

The club were accused by a Spanish journalist of instigating the probe that prompted the reignation of Barcelona president Sandro Rosell but strongly reject those claims
Real Madrid have issued a statement denying any involvement in the investigation into Neymar's transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

The Spanish High Court is continuing its probe surrounding the alleged misappropriation of funds by the club's former president, Sandro Rosell - who resigned last week - in securing the signing of the Brazil star.

His replacement, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has since revealed that Barca paid Neymar's parents €40 million of the total €57.1m transfer fee.

This news was then followed by suggestions from a Catalan journalist, Xavi Bosch, that Madrid were responsible for sparking the investigation - claims fiercely denied by Los Blancos.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Given the serious demonstrations [on Monday] night by RAC 1 journalist Xavi Bosch, the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, wants to state the following:

"[One,] it is flatly a false assertion that aims to involve absurdly the president of Real Madrid with the judicial process initiated following the complaint filed by a member of FC Barcelona against president Sandro Rosell.

"[Two,] the Real Madrid president demands that the journalist who made such misrepresentations rectify those claims in the same medium of communication clearly and immediately.

"[Three,] if this correction does not occur, the president of Real Madrid will file a suit against the journalist in defence of the right to honour, privacy and self-image. This has already been sent to lawyers and the content of the allegations made."

Barcelona board member Jordi Cases was the man responsible for initially raising concerns over the small print of Neymar's transfer and has refused to drop his complaint.