Isco: 'I am staying at Real Madrid'
- Author: Julie Sanders May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 13:18
Real Madrid ended a five-year La Liga title drought when they clinched their 33rd Spanish league triumph on the final day of the season on Sunday.
It has been pointed out in the Catalan press that part of the deal that took Isco to Madrid included several incentive clauses - one of which states Madrid would have to pay Malaga an extra million euros for the Spain worldwide if he helped them win a league title, hinting at a conflict of interest nobody could have envisaged four years ago.
Real meet Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3 and will be bidding to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since AC Milan in 1990.
Karim Benzema then added their second goal after the break after Kameni had parried Sergio Ramos' shot.
"The League is your day to day and it is very important when you win it and even more so for Madrid", Zidane said.
Although Bale is expected to be fit for the Champions League final, Zidane may opt to stick with his new formation instead of accommodating the Welshman in Cardiff by reverting to the 4-3-3.
Although Luis Enrique's men came from behind to defeat Eibar 4-2 at the Nou Camp, they could only finish second, failing to defend the title they won previous year. It was a solid win for the team in Malaga, with a 2-0 score.
"We knew that the fans wanted this title", Madrid club president Florentino Perez said.
Real Madrid celebrated winning their first La Liga title since 2012 with fans on an open top bus parade in the Spanish capital.
Barca took 14 points from 18 in their six games against Spain's other top sides Real, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.
Athletic are seventh but can still earn a place in the Europa League if Barcelona win the Cup.
In Barcelona, Enrique was given a warm send-off at the Camp Nou as he was greeted with a giant banner reading: "One of us forever".
After Real's title celebrations he took to social media, writing: "Thank god we won".
A victory over Juventus next month will give Madrid its first European Cup-Spanish league double in almost six decades.
"We need to keep doing what we have been doing so far because the title hasn't been decided yet", manager Zinedine Zidane said.
Messi, the league's scoring leader with 37 goals, converted another penalty in the 75th and closed the scoring in injury time.
But Chelsea will be reluctant to part with their star man after he was awarded the Premier League's Player of the Year.