Casemiro wants Isco at Real Madrid 'for many years'

Malaga, meanwhile, could find themselves within one game from relegation should Levante claim victory at Atletico Madrid, and they fail to secure anything against Real, with the gap between the Segunda-bound table-proppers and safety now 14 points with only seven games remaining.

The Galacticos progressed to the semi-finals by the skin of their teeth, nearly blowing a 3-0 first-leg lead against Juventus but ultimately going through thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's 97rd-minute penalty in Madrid to win 4-3 on aggregate.

As expected, the focus of Zidane's press duties concerned Madrid's controversial Champions League victory over Juventus.

Otherwise, Real's only injury problem concerns Nacho Fernandez, who is expected to miss all of April due to a thigh problem, per Marca.

Saturday's prematch news conference ahead of Sunday evening's La Liga trip to bottom side Malaga was completely dominated by questions about a supposed "anti-madridista" tone to the media coverage.

Gareth Bale could also get another chance after he was withdrawn at half-time in the Champions League clash.


Malaga (20th place; 17 points) is on the verge of being relegated, so this is a must win. As for Malaga, they should welcome back Ignasi Miquel back into the side, whilst Diego Gonzalez is a doubt after suffering a knock in training on Friday.

The game looked set for extra-time until Cristiano Ronaldo's stoppage-time penalty gave Real a 4-3 aggregate win. As ever you can watch all the action Live & Exclusive via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

Yet Malaga followed that up with a 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Deportivo La Coruna, and anything other than an away win will be a huge shock.

After 31 rounds of La Liga, Real Madrid are not in the top three in the table for the first season this century.

However, two strikes in three minutes from former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City man Roque Santa Cruz meant even Karim Benzema's finish with eight minutes remaining was not enough to deprive the Estadio La Rosaleda faithful a Christmas to remember.

The plan has paid dividends as Ronaldo has scored in all 10 of Madrid's European games this season.


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