Perez: Neymar will improve La Liga

The Real Madrid president has wished the young Brazilian luck as he prepares for his first season with Barcelona despite being disappointed at failing to sign the player himself
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has wished Neymar luck ahead of his first season with Barcelona, claiming the attacker will improve the standard of La Liga.

The Brazil international was unveiled at Camp Nou on Monday following his €57 million move to the Liga champions, having spurned offers from Madrid in favour of Barca.

Perez conceded Neymar was one of a handful of players he would have loved to have brought to Santiago Bernabeu over the years of his presidency, but believes the 21-year-old's abilities will benefit Spanish football next season.

When asked which players he regretted not signing during his years as president, Perez told Marca: "Patrick Vieira and Francesco Totti spring to mind. In Ronaldinho's case we hesitated, but we did manage to sign David Beckham that year.

"Neymar is among this group of great players. I hope he succeeds at Barcelona. Anything that improves the quality of the league is good and certainly Neymar represents an improvement.”

Perez was recently re-elected for another tenure at the Bernabeu, and the 66-year-old has vowed to continue in the position for as long as the club desire.

"I don't definitively know," he replied when asked if this could be his final period in charge. "I'll be here as long as I am able and the members want me."