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'I wouldn't swap Ronaldo for Salah' says Zidane

Salah faced Ronaldo's Real Madrid when he was playing for Roma. Credit: PA

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he would not swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

The two forwards, who have both scored 44 goals in all competitions for their clubs this season, are set to go up against each other when their sides meet in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday.

When asked if he would swap Ronaldo for Salah, Zidane, quoted by as.com, said at a press conference on Tuesday: "No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players."

While five-time winners Liverpool are in their first European Cup final since 2007, Real are the two-time defending champions, have won the trophy three times in the last four years, and have done so 12 times in total.

When asked if he thought Liverpool were more hungry, Zidane said: "I can't tell you about the opponent. I don't know what they are.

"What I can say is that we will have the same desire as always. This club is what it is - the same enthusiasm, dedication and desire as always. And nobody can take that away or tell us that we are less hungry than others. No one.

"We are Madrid and this club is what it is. We always want more and we will give everything to try to do it in the best way."

Zidane expects Ronaldo to be fit for Champions League final

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo will have recovered from his ankle injury in time to face Liverpool Credit: PA

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo will have recovered from his ankle injury in time to face Liverpool in the Champions League final later this month.

The club's all-time record goalscorer was replaced at half-time during Sunday's 2-2 Clasico draw with Barcelona after being injured while scoring his side's first equaliser.

Real have not announced how long they expect the Portugal star to be sidelined for, but Zidane says Ronaldo - and fellow walking wounded Isco and Dani Carvajal - will be fine to face Jurgen Klopp's Reds on May 26.

He told a press conference to preview Wednesday's LaLiga clash with Sevilla: "They are all going to arrive at the Champions League final.

"The worst is Cristiano, because it's just happened, but he's fine.

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