Spanish football headlines: Real Madrid boost ahead of Chelsea tie, English clubs veto on Atletico Madrid in ESL and Zidane on “absurd” suggestion

Spanish football headlines for April 26.

Madrid team news for Chelsea

Real Madrid news is now firmly focused on the side’s Champions League semi final first leg against Chelsea.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos

As reported by El Mundo Deportivo, there is now confirmation that Toni Kroos is available again for Los Blancos and will form a midfield trio with Casemiro and Luka Modric.

However, Ferland Mendy will miss the tie – with Marcelo expected to deputise.

English uncertainty on Atleti

The European Super League idea appears to be dead but it is now reported in Spain that the so-called ‘big six’ English clubs did not want Atletico Madrid in the tournament.

Atletico Madrid

The report was carried by El Mundo Deportivo from Cadena Ser’s original report that there were doubts Atleti should be there due to their economic situation and lack of recent growth.

There was no definitive no on the involvement of Los Rojiblancos but there were concerns and doubts on their presence.

Zidane challenge “absurd” assumption

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has claimed that it is “absurd” to think that the club may not be competing in next season’s Champions League.

Zinedine Zidane

The club’s continued promotion of the European Super League is said to have placed their future participation in any UEFA-sanctioned tournament in doubt.

However, Zidane’s resistance to such a thought has been outlined by El Mundo Deportivo.