Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said after the 2-1 victory against Roma in a preseason match in the United States that he was "satisfied" with the team and pointed out Croatian midfielder Luka Modric would stay at Real Madrid despite recent rumors and interests from top clubs of Europe.
"I cannot talk about something that has not happened yet, nor it is decided, but if it happens, then we will look for solutions," Lopetegui said at a press conference alluding to the possible departure of Croatian Mateo Kovacic. "Yes, I can assure you that Modric will remain in the team, as the president (of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez) said very clearly," he said.
The former Spain coach said he was very happy with the pre-season performance of Real Madrid, in which, he said, his team had "acquired pace and preparation." Lopetegui stressed that no significant injuries had been recorded and only Álvaro Odriozola had felt some discomfort during the warm-up before the game, and Jesús Vallejo suffered a muscle break that would keep him out for several weeks.
To the specific questions about the performance of players like the Welsh striker Gareth Bale, scorer of the second goal of the game against Roma, his second of the tour, Lopetegui insisted that his concept of football is "team" not "individuals".
"Bale is not only a player within Real Madrid, he is a great professional who gives everything in the field in favor of the team, which in turn will always support him," said Lopetegui. "I do not know if he`s going to be the best player in the world; What I have no doubt is that he is going to have a great season with us, "he said.
Regarding the possible arrival of the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Lopetegui indicated that he never speaks "of players who are not in Real Madrid". "Keylor is our goalkeeper and there are no other goalkeepers I can talk about except Keylor, Kiko, Lunin and Luca. I understand your work, it`s different from mine, you put the bridge before the river. Keylor is phenomenal, he is full of confidence and is an extraordinary goalkeeper. He is delighted to belong to Real Madrid and we are delighted with him."
The Welshman Gareth Bale and the Spanish attacker Marco Asensio showed their best football in the first half and scored the goals with which Real Madrid beat Roma 2-1 in the third and final game of their preseason tour of the United States.