Modric Misses First Leg of Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid had some poor results and performances in pre-season, but improved dramatically when defeating Manchester United 2-1 in the European Supercup on Tuesday night. However, some uncertainty has remained as Los Blancos are yet to announce the new deal despite his current one set to expire in less than a year.

Real Madrid have stepped up their preparations ahead of their first-leg Super Cup clash with rivals Barcelona on Sunday.

Liverpool have been linked with two wingers to add to their squad this summer, with Diario Gol claiming an offer has been submitted for Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, while Transfermarketweb reports Diego Laxalt of Genoa is also a target.

The Frenchman, who took over from Rafa Benitez in January 2016, has already won the Champions League twice, last season's La Liga title, the Club World Cup and two UEFA Super Cups in his time in charge. And the objectives are always the same: trying to win every single game and every single title.

The agreement includes a massive 700-million-euro release clause, with Real following a policy of securing their stars with prohibitive figures in a bid to avoid the scenario that recently saw Paris Saint-Germain sign Neymar from Barcelona by paying his 222-million-euro buy-out fee.

"Neymar isn't replaceable but there will be others that will do very well".

'We know we've got a lot of talent and that with hard work we can achieve great things, ' Zidane said.

Valverde will be desperate to get off to the ideal start with Barcelona and take an advantage going into the second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday، August 16.

With Neymar gone, Barcelona will look to Lionel Messi to repeat his outstanding performance from the last competitive "clasico" played against Madrid in April.

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