Neymar burst onto the Brazilian scene as a teenager and was highly sought after as he impressed at Santos.
A year after representing Brazil at the 2012 Olympics he completed a controversial move to Barca.
But his former agent Wagner Ribeiro told Brazilian media outlet UOL Esporte that both Real and Chelsea had bid for the striker, and that a switch to the Bernabeu was the most obvious choice.
Asked about the deal that saw Neymar eventually head to the Nou Camp, Ribeiro said: “I’m no longer Neymar’s agent. It’s his father, but it’s true that we’re working together because we’re close.
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“I was his agent from the age of 12 and got him two contracts with Santos, but when he grew up, his father took control of everything through his companies.
“Neymar’s like a son to me. His father is trustworthy, I like and respect him.
“I sent offers from Chelsea and Real Madrid to Santos. The one from Barcelona went directly to the father. I wanted him to go to Madrid, I always said it.
“Economically, it was a better offer for Santos and even better for the player. But he decided to go to Barcelona because they were the team of his heart.”
Neymar was this year ordered to stand trial for fraud relating to his transfer from Santos to Barcelona.
The published fee for the move was £49million.
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Neymar has won a wealth of trophies at Barcelona
But Investment company DIS argue they were owed 40 per cent off the full fee and that it actually came in at £71.5m.
Neymar has won two La Liga titles and the Champions League since moving to Barca.
Asked yesterday about a possible move to the Premier League, Neymar said: “No, no not yet. To be honest I’ve never thought about living in England
“I do watch the Premier League a little bit, but then again I don’t like to watch too much football.
“I like to follow Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus just to see how they’re doing but I’ve never touched the subject of moving to the Premier League with them.
“I’ve played in some grounds in England, I believe almost all of those from the big teams – it’s hard to pick one that I liked the most.”