Luka Modric

Ronaldo out of Madrid squad for Sevilla clash

Ronaldo also missed the first leg of the round of 16 tie, with Madrid cruising to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu without their star attacker.

He then returned to the starting XI for the 5-0 win over Granada at the weekend, but will be allowed to sit out Thursday's clash again.

Modric, meanwhile, has featured for the full 90 minutes in Madrid's first two games of 2017, but Zidane does not need the Croatia international at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Zidane's Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record

When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

Eleven months and one Champions League title later, Madrid faces Deportivo again at home on Saturday with the chance of surpassing its longest unbeaten run since the club was founded in 1902.

On Wednesday, Madrid equaled a club record of 34 games without a loss set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker when it drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund.

Ronaldo secures new Madrid deal until 2021

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner's current deal ran until 2018 and head coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed he was on the brink of a renewal after Sunday's 3-0 LaLiga win over Leganes.

Ronaldo will take part in a signing ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu to complete the formalities of his new deal on Monday.

The 31-year-old is the latest Madrid superstar to commit his long-term future to the club after Gareth Bale secured a six-year extension a week ago, and he now appears set to conclude his top-level career in the Spanish capital.

Cacic: We cannot let Ronaldo show his strength on Saturday

The Real Madrid forward responded to critics of his early form at Euro 2016 with two goals and an assist in the 3-3 draw with Hungary that secured his side's place in the knockout phase.

And Cacic is eager to restrict Portugal's attempts to get Ronaldo involved in the game when the two sides meet at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.

"Of course we have to take care and defend well, they're a team with great individuals and of course Ronaldo is their main player," he said. "What we have to do is not allow him to show how strong he is.

Champions League trophy belongs to Real Madrid - Modric

Luka Modric says the Champions League trophy belongs to Real Madrid and thinks their latest triumph in the competition proves they are the best club in the world.

A tense final in Milan resulted in Zinedine Zidane's men triumphing 5-3 on a penalty shoot-out after 120 minutes of action ended in a 1-1 draw.

Modric produced a key performance in midfield and hailed Real's character after they inflicted a second European final defeat on city rivals Atletico in the space of three years.

Rakitic: I hope Modric plays well, as long as Madrid lose

Barcelona star and Croatia international Ivan Rakitic wished his compatriot Luka Modric all the best for Real Madrid's Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, but still hopes he is on the losing side.

Barcelona will be watching the final from home this time around, as their two closest rivals in La Liga battle it out for European supremacy.

A win for Madrid would be their 11th triumph in the competition, while Atletico are chasing a maiden Champions League crown.

Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid: Varane feels anything is possible

Raphael Varane says Real Madrid are aware that any outcome is possible in La Liga's title race as they prepare to take on local rivals Rayo Vallecano at Vallecas on Saturday.

Goals from Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Luka Modric secured an impressive 3-0 win over Villarreal – a team who sit only one place below them in the table – on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane's side are one point behind co-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga having won eight consecutive league matches since their derby defeat to Diego Simeone's men in February.

Zidane enthused by Bale return

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane can call on Gareth Bale and Marcelo for Saturday's La Liga clash with Celta Vigo, although Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are absent.

Bale has not played since the win over Sporting Gijon in January after suffering a recurrence of a calf problem but has rejoined the squad ahead of this weekend's clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Marcelo is also back involved following a calf injury, while Modric (ankle) and Kroos (flu) miss out.

Marcelo, Modric return to Madrid training

Marcelo and Luka Modric could be back for Real Madrid this weekend after returning to team training.

Zinedine Zidane could welcome back Marcelo and Luka Modric from injury when Real Madrid host Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Full-back Marcelo has missed Madrid's last two outings due to a calf problem, having previously struggled with an injured shoulder, while a foot complaint saw Modric miss Wednesday's La Liga win over Levante.

Croatia head coach Kovac sacked

Croatia topped Group H at the start of this month, but a goalless draw with Azerbaijan followed by a 2-0 defeat to Norway meant they dropped to third, with Kovac accusing his side of lacking heart in the matches.

Captain Luka Modric was one of those to refute suggestions of a lack of effort and Kovac ultimately paid the price for a turbulent spell following an executive board meeting of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) on Wednesday.