Madrid accept Neymar's decision to join Barcelona

The club say they hold no grudges towards the Brazilian, while revealing Cristiano Ronaldo is being plagued by a back injury

Real Madrid sporting director Miguel Pardeza says the club have no hard feelings towards Neymar following his decision to snub the Santiago Bernabeu side in favour of a move to Barcelona.

Madrid were keen to lure the Brazil international to the Spanish capital and saw their offer for the forward accepted by Santos at the weekend.

However, the 21-year-old has opted for a move to Camp Nou rather than Madrid and will sign a five-year deal with the Liga champions later on Monday.

“Neymar has chosen Barcelona and we have to accept that. We have nothing else to say,” Pardeza told Canal+.

The Madrid director then went on to explain Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence in the 3-3 Liga draw against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

“Cristiano has a problem with his back, in the neck area.”

Real Madrid will end a disappointing 2012-13 campaign with a home match against Osasuna on Saturday.

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