Isco hopes Cristiano Ronaldo stays at Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane shock

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Zinedine Zidane‘s decision to leave Real Madrid after winning the Champions League title for a third consecutive time came as a surprise to many. And midfielder Isco has admitted he was one of them.

The 26-year old has revealed that he was shocked by the timing of Zidane’s exit announcement, coming soon after the win against Liverpool in the final in Kiev.

“I was surprised by Zidane[‘s decision],” he told reporters at Spain’s pre-World Cup training camp.

“It was something we didn’t expect and it was sudden.

The Spaniard is now awaiting for the club to name their next manager.

Isco (R) of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his team's opening goal with Cristiano Ronaldo

“He has made his decision and we are very proud to have won three Champions League titles with him. Now the club has to decide who comes next.”

However, Isco is hoping that star man Cristiano Ronaldo continues playing for Los Blancos and doesn’t head towards the exit door like Zidane.

“[Ronaldo’s situation] is similar to Zidane’s,” he said.

“It is Cristiano who has to make the decision to continue, whether he wants to or not. It is in his hands. I hope he stays because he gives us a lot.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up his World Cup 2018 preparations on Tuesday with his second training session since returning from holiday at Portuguese Football Federation’s Cidade do Futebol headquarters near Lisbon.

The Real Madrid legend, who cast doubt over his Los Blancos future following Champions League final success over Liverpool, is now in full international mode as his country prepare to face Spain in Group B on June 15.

Check out the best pictures of Ronaldo training in our gallery.

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Marco Asensio cannot imagine Real Madrid without Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo (l) and Marco Asensio (r).

Marco Asensio admits he cannot imagine a Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo and believes the Portugal superstar still has a big part to play at Santiago Bernabeu.

Not for the first time, Ronaldo’s future in Spain is the subject of intense speculation following comments the 33-year-old made in the wake of last month’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool.

Ronaldo admitted immediately after the 3-1 win in Kiev that he could not guarantee he would still be at Madrid next season and that he would soon give an update on his future.

There has been little to report on that situation since but Asensio hopes the club’s all-time record goalscorer will still be a team-mate of his next term.

The Spain international told Marca: “I can’t imagine playing without him. Cristiano has been, is and will be very important for us and Madrid and he must always go hand in hand.”

As well as Ronaldo, the Madrid future of Gareth Bale is also uncertain, while the club are also looking for a new coach following Zinedine Zidane’s shock decision to step down after winning a third successive Champions League.

Asensio, 22, said of the Frenchman: “What Zidane did took us all a little by surprise, but my experience with him has been very good.

“He showed a lot of confidence in me and we had a good relationship. From the start I was very clear about things, I knew what was coming and I worked hard to get these opportunities. He gave me them.”

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