Magic Isco Has Turned Real Madrid Career Around

Ronaldo reacted badly to the dismissal and pushed referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea

Alongside last season's league and cup double, and the 2016 Champions League triumph, Zidane has led Real's first-team squad to silverware success in the UEFA Super Cup twice and the FIFA Club World Cup last summer. "Zidane is happy that his renewal was eventually three years and not two and he values the confidence the president has placed in him", club sources told AS.

According to Spanish publication AS, the new agreement 45-year-old coach with real Madrid runs until 2020.

Zinedine Zidane rejected the suggestion Real Madrid will be taking on the weakest Barcelona side he has faced in the Supercopa de Espana following the departure of Neymar. "We know how they play and their idea of how to play isn't going to change", Zidane. In one year, maybe I won't be here. AS claims that Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich have "expressed interest" in the midfielder in recent times but Los Blancos have inserted an stunning €700m release clause in the new contract which they believe will end their hopes of signing the player.

On the tight match at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, he added: "Madrid is a very powerful team and we are happy".

Ronaldo enjoyed a longer vacation than his Real Madrid teammates to fully recover from Portugal's participation in the Confederations Cup in June. And the objectives are always the same: trying to win every single game and every single title.

Ronaldo was judged to have dived after colliding with Samuel Umtiti
Ronaldo was judged to have dived after colliding with Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona face arch rivals and La Liga champions Madrid in the first leg of Spain's traditional curtain raiser on Sunday at the Nou Camp.

With Neymar gone, Barcelona will look to Lionel Messi to repeat his outstanding performance from the last competitive "clasico" played against Madrid in April.

Barca have added more pace to their side with the return of winger Gerard Deulofeu after stints in England and Italy although the Spaniard can not be expected to be a replacement for Neymar.

"I think we have had a good preseason, but the real thing begins Sunday", Valverde said this week.

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