Zidane happy to sign new Real Madrid contract

Barcelona host rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday (2000GMT) badly in need of a morale-boosting win following the world record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. I'm happy here and would stay many more years.

Valverde's men completed a flawless pre-season on the field with a fourth straight win by sweeping aside Chapecoense 5-0 on Monday in a match to raise funds for the stricken Brazilian club who lost 19 players and 24 club officials in a plane crash previous year.

The start of another new season will bring a fresh challenge for Isco as he looks to nail down a regular spot in the Real Madrid XI. In one year, maybe I won't be here.

Real Madrid have conducted lengthy negotiations with the playmaker and AS claim they've inserted an astronomical €700m (£647m) release clause into the Spaniard's new deal.

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.

Canadian delegation in North Korea to discuss jailed pastor
She thanked people for their prayers and support and asked that the world "not forget the people of North Korea". Concern over his fate increased after North Korea released an American student in a coma in June.

On the tight match at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, he added: "Madrid is a very powerful team and we are happy".

Andre Gomes and Thomas Vermaelen both missed Monday night's Trofeu Gamper game against Chapecoense at Camp Nou, but are expected to be available for the Clasico at home to Real Madrid.

Isco tried to play down concerns of the Real Madrid fans earlier this week after he was named man of the match in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Uefa Super Cup on 8 August, insisting that he will sign a new deal sooner rather than later.

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.

Otherwise, the two sides would have to play out identical draws in this season's Clasicos, or win one each by identical scorelines - with Madrid having to have a better goal difference overall, for the Index's outcome to come true. The staff are doing a great job, we do not fail because of the relationship in the dressing room. "If we think it is going to be easier tomorrow we will be mistaken".

  • Lawrence Cooper