Barcelona to wear commemorative shirts in tribute to victims of attacks

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The summer departures of both Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez might have caused issues for other coaches, although Zidane has already shown enough faith in the likes of Marco Asensio and Casemiro to suggest that Real have the necessary talent within their own ranks without having to dip too much into the summer market.

"I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the bad attack in our beloved Barcelona, in addition to totally rejecting any act of violence", Barcelona star Messi, 30, wrote on Instagram.

Scorer of a stunning goal in the Spanish Sup Cup this week, Asensio is in the process of agreeing a new contract with Real that would see his release clause increased to €350m.

"Asensio is not fazed by the big occasion and is probably the single most exciting prospect in La Liga this season".

Cristiano Ronaldo serves the second of a four-game ban in La Coruna, but Wednesday night showed how Madrid's depth of squad allows them to make changes and hardly see the effects, indeed some may argue that youngster Marcos Asensio is now his side's most effective attacker.

Barcelona also said their players would wear black armbands in their home game against Real Betis on Sunday.

Sat alongside Bale was Isco, who made the most of his opportunity in the first team at the end of last season during an injury lay-off for the Welshman.

In terms of his role with The Gunners, the 21-year-old would be the replacement for Mesut Ozil, either in the long-term or if the German decides to depart next summer.

Striker Luis Suarez, defender Gerard Pique, Madrid forward Ronaldo and club captain Sergio Ramos also expressed their condolences.

Zidane has enjoyed a glorious year in charge of Madrid as they successfully defended the European Cup - the first team to do so in the Champions League era. With his pace, vision, dribbling, and eye for goal, he has everything required to be a devastating player in that position. "I will always be grateful to Real Madrid for taking a bet on me". But I think that things are extremely clear. He loves the club and the club loves him. He's playing under his idol, Zinedine Zidane. As one of the largest sport organizations in the world and boasting one of the biggest fan bases, the club is naturally interested in connecting with its supporters all across the globe. Why would he want to leave?

Paying €3.5 million for his services three years back could well go down as one of the greatest pieces of business in football history and that's no exaggeration.

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