Real Madrid: How Julen Lopetegui's appointment will affect Ronaldo, Bale, De Gea

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New Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegui, talked about Lionel Messi in an interview for Argentine network "TyC" and referred to the Barcelona star as "the best player of all time".

The 33-year-old confessed his comments were ill-timed, but it means he enters a second straight major worldwide tournament with his next move at club level shrouded in mystery.

Per Sky Sports' Zinny Boswell, Portugal team-mate Manuel Fernandes said: "I have nothing negative to say about Cristiano, he looks focused and doesn't look at all anxious about his future". "He doesn't seem to be anxious about the future to me", said Fernandes.

Portugal face Spain in Sochi on June 15 in a group which also includes Morocco and Iran.

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"I will never close 100% the door of the national team after the World Cup, but everything indicates that this will be the case", he added. "It's extremely unlikely that we'll see another player like him".

And when asked about a potential departure of Ronaldo coming as a blow to the league, he added: "Cristiano Ronaldo leaving, out of 10, I'm anxious about a five or a four. He's very demanding with himself and ends up demanding a lot from us as well".

"I'm a fan of Iniesta, but I don't want any players from Spain", said the Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder.

Both campaigns ended with a UEFA Champions League title for Real, and Ronaldo played a key role in both trophies, scoring a combined total of 27 goals in Europe's premier competition over the two seasons.

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