Cannavaro waits on Real talks

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Italy international Fabio Cannavaro is unsure whether he will still be at Real Madrid next season.

The 35-year-old has been with the Spanish giants since captaining his country to success in the 2006 World Cup Final, but his current deal expires this summer.

Cannavaro has admitted that the current instability at the club means his own future remains clouded in uncertainty.

He said: "The club is in a difficult position at the moment because of the situation with the president and there isn't any time to discuss a renewal. It looks like I must wait.

"The most important thing for me right now is to continue working hard as I have always done, from day to day.

"I am happy in Madrid, so I will have to see what happens."

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has laughed off suggestions that the club is feeling the pressure of being long-time league leaders.

Barca's lead at the top of the table over second-placed Real Madrid has been cut to seven points after a 2-2 draw at Real Betis was followed by Saturday's shock home defeat to relegation-threatened Espanyol.

Puyol is unconcerned by the recent setbacks though, saying: "I do not want to speak of Real Madrid, because I only know about Barcelona.

"We are confident and eager to work. We have no doubts and we know what is required of us to continue to do well.

"The only team trying to play football on Saturday was Barcelona. We were not trying to destroy or stop the game.

"The team that was hurt was the team that had tried to come out and play."