Liverpool star Mohamed Salah backed to replace Gareth Bale at Real Madrid

Iniesta heartbroken after what is likely to be his final Champions League game. Image PA Images

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Zidane also spoke about Real's current rotation, insisting that he was resting players ahead of the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.

The midfielder impressed for Real in victory at Malaga yesterday, scoring against his former club for the win. "Anyone who says it was a robbery, I really don't agree".

"I read the situation directly as Real Madrid looking at PSG, the fact it is widely accepted they will need to have a fire sale to meet financial fair play criteria, and Madrid are lining themselves up to ask Bale, as they did last summer: 'Wouldn't you be happier somewhere else, sir?'"

Salah has been on red hot form for Liverpool since he joined them at the end of last season, with an impressive goal record and the first player to score 30 topflight goals this season.

'Athletic are a team that do not deserve to be where they are in the table, ' said Zidane.

"It is always going to happen in a side like ours".

Andre Gomes has often been criticised as not being good enough. Image PA Images

"When people talk about it being a robbery I get angry - it is clear what we are doing annoys a lot of people", Zidane said on Saturday.

The 25-year-old has amassed a combined 15 goals and assists in all competitions this season for Real Madrid.

Alisson secured his transfer to Roma in 2016, leaving Brazilian side Internacional for just £7million, however, he spent most of his first season as a backup keeper to loanee Wojciech Szczęsny.

As Ronaldo completes his transformation from winger into striker, a new left winger wouldn't go amiss and given Chelsea look set to miss out on Champions League football, Hazard could be tempted by the glamour of becoming a Galactico.

However, coach Zinedine Zidane used this visit to rest many players after Wednesday's energy-sapping Champions League quarter-final second leg with Juventus, which his side lost 3-1 though they advanced to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

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