Real Madrid join Juventus in Emre Can's chase

Bale Benzema

Initially Real Madrid had been reluctant to let Ceballos go as they believe he has a bright future.

There have been injury concerns, and when the Wales worldwide winger has been fit, he has struggled to play regularly and has not been the starting lineup for major Champions League fixtures.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane were also spared the trip to La Rosaleda.

The Mancunian giants are now in a strong position in the attack front, where they have had Rashford and Martial warming the bench, and bringing a player of Bale's calibre does not make sense with his recent injury record.

"Real Madrid are the only team I could see stopping Liverpool", Bellamy told Sky Sports. Both would like to be scoring more goals, but they are working well.

Zidane has prefered Benzema as a partner for Ronaldo up front this season but the Frenchman has managed only one goal in his last nine games.

Mido added on a man who has already passed his goal return from a lengthy spell in England: "I know many people will disagree with this, but in my opinion, Mohamed Salah is the best player in the history of Egyptian football".

"We are not anxious, we know the quality he has", Zidane said.

"He does suffer a little bit when he misses chances but the solution is easy. If he keeps working, I'm sure in a short time he will be scoring again".

Vidal is set to undergo surgery on a knee problem and looks certain to miss the first leg.

"He has been an important player for Malaga, and today he is for Madrid".

"There are very good players at this club, and I must always value that too".

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