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Zinedine Zidane to extend Real Madrid stay

Zinedine Zidane to extend Real Madrid stay

Gracenote's computer-generated Euro Club Index is predicting that Real Madrid will finish as champions again this season, in an even closer title race. He missed his club's preseason tour, including a friendly against Barcelona in Miami that the Catalan club won 3-2.

Modric will be free to return for the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Real Madrid's Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League final against Juventus.

From one Real prodigy to another, Diario Gol (h/t Jack Otway of the Daily Express) reported United manager and former Los Blancos chief Jose Mourinho failed in an attempt to sign 16-year-old defender Gutierrez.

Will he start the Spanish domestic season as he ended the last?

"He is very good, he has had his holidays", said Zidane. "This is going to be a hard year because already on Sunday we have a complicated match".

Furthermore, Real Madrid's arch-rivals Barcelona now have fresh money to spend after netting €222m from Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain.

His new deal at Real Madrid however comes with a stunning release clause of £634 million, and it is not certain if Barcelona would want to break the bank to land him. That match, however, was more about paying homage to the victims of the plane crash that decimated Chapecoense past year than warming up for Madrid.

After all, club record signing Mohamed Salah completed a move from Roma this summer and can play there, as can Sadio Mane - who made the PFA team of the year in 2016/17 after a superb debut season at Anfield. Deulofeu now has a chance to earn his place in Barcelona's starting 11 under new coach Ernesto Valverde.

It was not too long ago that Isco was considered a luxury player at Real Madrid.