Real Madrid have ruled out a move for wantaway PSG forward Neymar, AS has learned, bringing an end to a long-term project of Bernabéu president Florentino Pérez.

For some time, landing the Brazilian was high on Pérez’s list of priorities but while Neymar’s talent remains undimmed, Real have set their sights instead on his PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé. With Neymar now 27 and beset by off-pitch issues and an entourage that has long been seen as an unwelcome addition to any potential transfer, Mbappé’s clean-cut image, his marketing potential, his status as a World Cup winner and his undoubted brilliance on the turf have led Madrid to place the 20-year-old Frenchman at the top of their wishlist.