Zidane: Neymar-less Blaugrana not the weakest Barca


Zidane: Neymar-less Blaugrana not the weakest Barca

The Blaugrana are said to be desperate to bring in an attacker this season after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee last week. I'm happy here and would stay many more years. "We have tried to maintain that with the new great players - like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, great players who help you to grow both on and off the pitch".

Spanish paper AS understands that Isco has signed a new contract at Real Madrid with a €700m release clause, also stating that an announcement will be made within the next few days.

Madrid head into Sunday's Spanish Super Cup first leg at Barcelona with talk already around the Bernabeu of winning a "sextete" (six trophies) this season, which would match the historic achievement of Guardiola's Barca in 2009.

The former France global 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. Jose Mourinho's side were forced to dance to Isco's tune on the night as the Spaniard, operating in the number 10 position, orchestrated another Real Madrid victory.

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Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha Alcantara are expected to be the only Barcelona absentees to face Real Madrid, with the latter having been out of action since undergoing a knee operation in April. If we continue this way, it is because of the effort, being united and preparing the games.

However, Iniesta allayed any fears on Friday after being pictured back in training as the Catalans continue their preparations for the visit of Real Madrid.

"Real Madrid have very good midfielders, people who work hard and have a lot of quality".