Amazing comeback for Real Madrid, Zidane confirms the surprise for UEFA SuperCup

ZINEDINE ZIDANE is ready to gamble with Cristiano Ronaldo by playing him tonight just three days after he returned to pre-season training.

Ronaldo’s missed Real Madrid’s US tour because he was on holiday following international duty with Portugal in the Confederations Cup in Russia.

He only had his first session on Saturday but Zidane says the world player of the year is ready, physically and mentally, to face his former club in the UEFA Super Cup despite a summer when he was linked with a move to United after being accused of tax fraud in Spain and became the father of twins.

Zidane said: “There have been many things, a lot of noise and a lot of things happening. But he’s relaxed and what impresses me the most is that he’s as fit as the day of the final two months ago.

“What interests me in the long run is that he’s fit. As to the rest, there’s not much we can do about it.

“The fact he’s with us means a lot. If he’s with us it’s because he’s ready to play. We’ll see whether he plays or not but the important thing is he’s with us.

“It depends how he is, how he’s feeling and how I feel about him. It’s a decision I will take myself as the coach.

“I will speak to the player of course but that’s it.

“He’s fit and that’s what is really important for the coach and the players and Madrid as an institution.”

Ronaldo is desperate to play against United even if his appearance has to come from the bench.

Real lost to United on penalties and were swept aside by Manchester City in the US but Zidane insists they are in better shape now.

“The team is feeling well,” he added.

“We’re eager to start the season. This is the first official match and we’re hoping to start as soon as possible. We’ve been working and resting very well. Now is when everything starts.

“We are going to prepare the same way, our way, as always. We know a lot about our United. What concerns us is what we are going to do.”