Isco has signed new contract — Real Madrid

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The former France worldwide has guided Madrid to consecutive Champions League titles and a LaLiga triumph since taking over from Rafael Benitez in January 2016, while a UEFA Super Cup victory over Manchester United in midweek got the new season off to a fine start.

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.

For Real Madrid, Jesus Vallejo is out injured, but coach Zinedine Zidane has no other worries. In one year, maybe I won't be here.

Barcelona are considering a move for Marco Asensio if they can not sign Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele this summer - but the Real Madrid starlet has a £72million release clause.

I'm very happy to have the confidence Real Madrid shows in me.

The Spanish worldwide had less than 12 months to run on his existing deal at the Bernabeu and had been sensationally linked with a move to rivals Barcelona as well as Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal.

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"Yes, I am happy, but it does not mean anything", he told a pre-match news conference.

Appointed to succeed Rafa Benitez in January 2016, Zidane opened his tenure with a Champions League triumph. And the objectives are always the same: trying to win every single game and every single title.

Zidane also warned the European champions against a Barcelona backlash at Camp Nou on Sunday.

"Cristiano is ready and he is doing really good, he has had vacations and has been with us for five days now, he has worked a lot physically during his holidays so he is ready to play with us".

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. "If we think it is going to be easier tomorrow we will be mistaken".

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