Arsenal eye out of favour Real Madrid star

Arsenal eye out of favour Real Madrid star

Real may have another gem in their ranks, but Zinedine Zidane refused to go insane over his player's superb strike against Barcelona in the second leg.

They will, however, travel to Galicia without star man Cristiano Ronaldo, suspended for the next four league games for his shove on the referee during the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. The Majorcan ran the show against Barca and looks an able understudy for Ronaldo.

The 36-time capped global is now considered absolutely "not for sale", with Blancos boss Zidane expecting Kovacic to play a key role for the club for many years to come.

When asked whether his side exemplify the best there is in football, the head coach told realmadrid.com: "I do not know if we are the best in the world but I certainly have a fantastic squad".

"Like always, it's work that will lead us to achieving things, we're in a very good moment and we must take advantage of it", said the Coach at a Press conference for Sunday's opener against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga.

"We appealed and we will appeal again. He's doing it better and better, he's phenomenal", Zidane said. Additionally, he also talked about the fitness levels of Gareth Bale, who has struggled with a spate of injuries in the last two seasons.

"I don't know if [this squad] is the best in the world, it isn't for me to say that".

Zidane, however, expects Bale to stay and play a key role for the champions.

"He's fine. He's training consistently and that's crucial for him". "He suffered from four months of injury previous year but has had good preparation for this season".

Stunning performances towards the end of last season followed up by a strong U-21 Euros campaign and outings against rivals Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup have skyrocketed the 21-year-old playmaker to the forefront of European football. "He's physically fit, he's not suffering any discomfort and I hope it's going to be a big year both for him and for the team". He has proved to me that when he says he will do something, he does it'.

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