Bayern Munich's hopes of reaching the Champions League final were dealt a major blow after they suffered 1-0 loss at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi final on Wednesday.
The Real Madrid midfielder has been on the wanted list for Manchester United since his days at Bayern Munich, with manager Louis van Gaal blocking the Red Devils' move for him in the summer of 2014.
Cristiano Ronaldo, dropped from the starting XI after a late fitness test ahead of the semi final clash against Manchester City, would have played if it was the final.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted that his side will not be afraid to go to the Santiago Bernabeu looking for a result after the 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Joe Hart was the man of the match for Manchester City as he put in a clinical performance to deny Real Madrid a goal even as the Spaniards battered the City defence with wave after wave of attack.
Real Madrid missed the clinical finishing of star man Cristiano Ronaldo as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester City in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
Champions League top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was a frustrated spectator as his Real Madrid side played out a slow-burning 0-0 draw at Manchester City in Tuesday's semi-final first leg.
If there was a list of violent defenders drawn up, Pepe's name would be on top. But the Madrid defender disagrees with this notion.
Real Madrid will travel to Manchester for their Champions League semi-final first leg with a full squad, as manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are fit to play.
Manchester City gear up to host their first ever UEFA Champions League semi final match at the Etihad Stadium, but they come against La Liga giants Real Madrid in a high profile clash.