Real learn €400m asking price for PSG star who eyes Barca move

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Real had come to Paris with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu last month but held nothing back and advanced to the quarter-finals for the eighth consecutive season with a 5-2 tie aggregate.

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"We played well right from the beginning, pressing high up the pitch".

"Over the last two years these players have won so much and it is hard to maintain that level".

MD claims that Neymar feels he has made a mistake in making a decision he thought would help him grow as a player, while he is said to be surprised that the quality in Ligue 1 is quite so inferior to La Liga. The Argentine superstar has started all but one league game this season, but will feel the benefit of a rest before their crucial Champions League clash against Chelsea at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. "Real Madrid put PSG in their place", it read. The Portuguese also led the competition's scoring chart of the season with 12 goals.

"We needed our heads and our hearts today. He plays for a different team, it would be absurd - we have a policy not to talk about players at other teams", Valverde said.

Real are chasing a third straight Champions League crown and Zidane, under fire with his side 15 points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona, called on his side to stick together. Despite his success in Europe, Zidane has been under pressure and his job was on the line.

He said: "We all want to win this competition quickly".

Neymar scored 28 goals for PSG before injuring his metatarsal against Olympique Marseille on February 26, although his relationship with his team mates has been heavily scrutinised since a much-publicised dispute with Edinson Cavani over penalty taking duties in September. "It was a key series".

"In the summer we spent €400m and everyone was talking about how it was going to change things, but we have failed to get through this round again", German forward Julian Draxler said.

This was a huge test for a PSG side desperate to prove they belong among Europe's elite, especially after spectacularly failing past year - becoming the first team eliminated after winning the first leg 4-0.

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