NEWS | 25/07/2017 | Javier García (Los Angeles) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia/Antonio Villalba"Our plan remains the same: to prepare thoroughly for the two Super Cup games we've got coming up", noted the Brazilian.
"Our preparations continue apace, today we did some fitness and technical work and tomorrow we'll pick up some tempo in the game and that's important. We continue to work in the same way, as we get ready for the games that lie ahead".
"With Zidane at the helm we're a step ahead of the rest. He played the game himself and was a star. He's now doing a great job as a coach. He knows the dressing room and how the players think and that's really important for us".
"The best player in the world always has to be at the best club in the world. He's an extremely important player for us and we can't wait to welcome him back".
"Last season was my best campaign yet. It's through hard work that I've got to where I am today. I continue to work with much humility and a great desire to learn. The key to it all is hard work".
"These are things that people outside the club talk about. He's not a Real Madrid player and I can't comment on any player who doesn't belong to Real Madrid. We're aware that he's a great player, but we've also got the BBC, who can wreak real havoc. The more players we have, the better it is for us. That said, the best players are already here".
"We know all about the quality that players like Mbappé, Neymar... possess, but I've got to talk about our players. We've got the world's greatest player, then there's Bale - who's working very hard - and Karim, who has great quality, Isco, Borja…I'll back our players to the hilt".
"In today's game, the players are really highly valued. The people that work within the clubs know how much they cost. A player has an agent, who does the work behind the scenes and knows what they're doing. If the amounts that we're seeing are being paid it's because people believe in the player and we must congratulate them for doing their jobs".
"He's got a problem in his ear and it's a bit delicate. We want him to be back with us as soon as possible, he's a real leader, both on and off the pitch. He's still got issues with his ear and the doctors are keeping a close eye on it".
"He had a great season last year. He's a top player and has real quality. Madrid are the ones who end up benefiting. I want to play all of the games and the gaffer is the one who knows who has to play".
"Kaká is a big friend of mine. We all know what a great legacy he has in the game. I admire him greatly and have a lot of time for him, both on and off the field. He helped me out massively when I came to the club".
"I haven't spoken to him. He's a great player, there's no question about that. We know that it's very difficult to leave Barcelona. I really admire him, but he's a Barcelona player and I don’t talk about players at other clubs".