Real supremo only had eyes for the Welsh wide man.
Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he had wanted to land Brazil superstar Neymar this summer, only for los Blancos president Florentino Perez to instead overrule him and sign Gareth Bale, according to reports in Spanish sports daily Marca.
The Wales international has endured a tough start to his career at the Santiago Bernabeu since moving to the Spanish capital from Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur last month.
After months of protracted negotiations between the two clubs, Bale eventually joined Madrid on a bumper six-year deal worth a staggering 300,000 euros per week for a world-record transfer fee valued at a whopping 100 million euros.
Meanwhile, Neymar himself was also in the news after leaving Santos for the Spanish champions FC Barcelona in a transfer worth £50m, although of the two superstars, it is fair to say that it is the latter who has made the more impressive start to his La Liga career.
And that was perhaps best illustrated in Saturday’s first Clasico of the new campaign between these two fierce arch rivals, a match in which Neymar scored and was man of the match, while Bale was given the hook early in the second half.