Real Madrid coach Zidane: We also started slowly last season

6 2017 French soccer player Kylian Mbappe poses with his Paris Saint Germain team shirt following a press conference in Paris. The elite teams enter the Champions League competition this week when the

6 2017 French soccer player Kylian Mbappe poses with his Paris Saint Germain team shirt following a press conference in Paris. The elite teams enter the Champions League competition this week when the

But Mbappe instead joined Paris Saint-Germain and Real were left without a replacement for the Spaniard. "He is an important player in the squad, he is a leader".

Speaking publicly at a press conference this afternoon, Zidane said: "It's true that when you look at the players you had, like [Alvaro] Morata and Mariano, and when you see that now you only have [Borja] Mayoral that you might think we lack a No.9". No, I would not go to PSG.

Marco Asensio has insisted he has no interest in signing for Paris Saint-Germain and wants to stay at the Bernabeu.

Asensio has already netted on his debuts in all of La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, Champions League and European Super Cup.

Zidane pointed to the series of draws suffered last September, while he also looked ahead to this fresh start in the Champions League. I believe in Mayoral.

"The end is the destination, not Barca, and I was delighted to be at Real Madrid and to defend this shirt".

Having featured in 43 games across all competitions last term in just over a year, the Spaniard is proving an integral part of the Madrid team and has already been called up to Spain's senior squad during the most recent international break.

The good news for Zidane is that Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to play on Wednesday night, whereas he has missed the start of the Spanish domestic campaign through suspension. "We have Karim but he's not available, and we have Gareth... we'll manage with the players we've got and we'll do it well, I'm convinced of that".

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