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Zidane: "Cristiano is with us and he is here to play"

Zidane assured everyone that Ronaldo is in excellent condition and said he is in the same nick as he was on the day of the Champions League final.

Zidane: "Cristiano is with us and he is here to play"

Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media ahead of Tuesday's European Super Cup shortly after Jose Mourinho appeared and told the journalists in attendance that he would fight for Gareth Bale if the Welsh man was available. 

How his team come into the game: "We arrive well and really want to get started. It is the first official game and we are looking forward to it. Physically, we have worked very well and we have rested well too. Now, everyone wants to start."

Keys to the game: "There are many. We will prapre our team like always. We know a lot about our rival but what is important to us is what we do. But I can't say anything in particular."

Ronaldo: "Just like always, there are many things going on, a lot of noise but he is calm. The thing that I noticed is the shape he is in, just like the day of the final for the Champions League after two months. And that is what interests me. The rest? We can't do anything about that but he is with us and that is very important. After three days, if he is with us then is to play. But tomorrow, you will see if he plays or not. The important thing is that he is here with us."

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid during training
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Gareth Bale of Real Madrid during trainingKevork DjansezianGetty Images

On Mourinho and Bale: "The important thing is that the player feels good. He has had plenty of continous training and that is very important. At the end of the season, it was not easy for him and now I see him well, involved, training with the team. What interests me is not what the manager says but what we will do tomorrow."

The difference between Mourinho's Real Madrid and his Real Madrid: "There is no difference. Everyone has their own way to train and the way they do things. There is not difference between one team and another. The only thing you have to do here is to give 100%. We know the obligation everyone has. Mourinho did great work here in Madrid and I believe that I am doing good work in Madrid. I intend to do my best but that means nothing. I have won two Champions Leagues but that means nothing because at times they say I am a genius, but they are silly. Every manager does the same. At Real Madrid, you have great players, that's always been the history of the club."

Whether he would play a player after two days of training: "Depends on how he arrives and what he has done along with the feelings of the manager and the player. I made the decision after speaking to the player. As I said, physically he is very good and that's what's important to the manager, the players and everyone."

On Mourinho flirting with Bale: "It doesn't bother me. It's normal and it's not going to change anything."


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