Post-Neymar Barca look to chase down Madrid

Isco was impressive against Manchester United in the Super Cup, after which it emerged Sir Alex Ferguson had turned down signing him because his head was too big.

The range of talent in Real's squad explains why their recent transfer activities have been geared towards building for the future rather than the immediate present, bringing in 19-year-old full back Theo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid and Spain under-21 midfielder Dani Ceballos.

Real Madrid star Isco has reportedly already put pen to paper on a new contract that includes a whopping release clause.

Bale maintains he's happy to stay with Los Blancos but, with the possible arrival of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, he could find himself further down the pecking order.

Barcelona stars have been hard at work in training as they prepare for the first leg of their Spanish Super Cup tie at home against Real Madrid.

Of course, that means that Real Madrid would have to win the head-to-head tiebreaker, given that goal difference is not the first tiebreaker in La Liga.


A day after Isco's new four-year deal at the Bernabéu was confirmed to this daily by sources at the Bernabéu, the same have told AS that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has signed a contract extension "for three more seasons".

However, his situation at Real Madrid underwent a dramatic U-turn in the second part of the season following Gareth Bale's injury.

Madrid visit Camp Nou on Sunday for the first leg of the Spanish season's curtain raiser looking to add to the UEFA Super Cup title they won by beating Manchester United 2-1 this week.

Gerard Deulofeu went off with a knock in Monday's match, but he should be fine for the Supecopa test and looks set to start after Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

It is no secret that Barcelona's primary target to replace PSG-bound Neymar is Coutinho, but Liverpool released a statement on Friday insisting he will not be sold.


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