Zinedine Zidane 'happy' as he confirms he will extend Real Madrid contract

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Isco only turned 25 in April, but he has already won three Champions League titles, one La Liga crown, one Copa del Rey and two Club World Cups with Los Blancos.

The champions have steadily strengthened their all-powerful squad as they bid to retain the Spanish league title for the first time since 2008.

Madrid now takes aim at a second trophy to kick off the new campaign before starting its defense of the Spanish league crown the following weekend.

Valverde's men completed a flawless pre-season on the field with a fourth straight win by sweeping aside Chapecoense 5-0 on Monday in a match to raise funds for the stricken Brazilian club who lost 19 players and 24 club officials in a plane crash a year ago.

His spell in charge of the Blancos has cemented his legacy in the Spanish capital, with the World Cup victor having previously made over 200 appearances for the club during a five-year stint at the end of his distinguished playing career.

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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.

Liverpool could also be on the look out for another attacker amid speculation that Barcelona are going hard for Philippe Coutinho so Jurgen Klopp could be eyeing Asensio as a potential replacement. The comeback was on for Atletico after Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann had cut the aggregate score to 3-2 inside 16 minutes, but Isco killed the last-four tie with a fine goal three minutes before the break. The former Barcelona player will now coach his first competitive match for the club against its fiercest rival.

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"If we think it will be easier [to face Barcelona without Neymar], we are mistaken".

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