Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Marco Asensio discusses Barcelona interest and commitment to Real Madrid

Marco Asensio discusses Barcelona interest and commitment to Real Madrid

Ronaldo still has another of the five-game ban he was given for pushing the referee to serve at the weekend, but his return in Europe should give Madrid both firepower and a confidence boost.

Asensio has already netted on his debuts in all of La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, Champions League and European Super Cup.

"We thought it was odd that Neymar left Barcelona", he said. I hope that's the last time this season he's not available.

"How much is it worth? We will get through with the players we have and everything will be all right, I'm sure of that".

I'd have liked him to have stayed but he wanted to play more and he wanted to leave.

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As well as Ronaldo, Zidane is set to recall Luka Modric and Keylor Navas after resting them to his side's cost against Levante, although Karim Benzema is out for at least a month with a hamstring injury.

Zinedine Zidane has rejected suggestions Real Madrid are dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo following a stuttering start to its defence of La Liga in the Portuguese star's absence. We are all happy that he is with us. "He was an important player for them and [the fact] that they could not keep him is a little odd".

Zidane was critical of his side after their display at the weekend, but said he and his players were relaxed despite drawing back-to-back league games for the first time in a year.

"I believe I have been playing very well and this has been replicated by the fans and the club who have shown me a lot of love".

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