Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona has denied making quotes attributed to him disparaging young Santos striker Neymar, while also affirming that he does not want to see River Plate play in the Nacional B next year.
Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his famous goals against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal, Maradona confirmed that he had not said anything about the youngster.
"Never in my life have I spoken about Neymar. I can't talk about Neymar, because I don't know him. I swear on [my grandson] Benjamin's life," he told Radio Metro on Wednesday afternoon.
The outspoken former star was once more in the headlines this week, when quotes supposedly from TVE emerged where he called Neymar "ill-mannered, just like Pele." The Spanish television station subsequently denied any contact with 'El Diego', casting doubt over the legitimacy of the statement.
Moving on, the lifelong Boca Juniors fan insisted that he wanted to see River Plate win its promocion playoff with Belgrano and stay in the Primera Division, while adding that he was keen to see a fair game.
"I don't want River to go down to the B. What I want is transparency, and if there is transparency may the best team win," the Al-Wasl boss explained, before predicting a Millo victory.
"Belgrano are more used to this type of game than River, but River is a huge club and they will be able to handle it."
Belgrano and River kick off this evening in Cordoba.
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