Focus on La Liga title showdown, not the time to discuss my future: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

Focus on La Liga title showdown, not the time to discuss my future: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane


Zinedine Zidane’s future at Real Madrid has been a subject of intense speculation over the last few weeks but the French great refused to speak about it on the eve of their all-important final league game against Villarreal on Saturday.

Tough campaign but excited about La Liga title chance: Real Madrid boss Zidane (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zinedine Zidane remained tightlipped about his future at Real Madrid
  • Zidane’s future has been a subject of speculation after a difficult season with Real
  • Real have an opportunity to win the La Liga title on Saturday

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane refused to talk about his future at the La Liga giants on the eve of their final league game against Villarreal on Saturday. Speculation about Zidane’s future at the club has emerged even though Real have reportedly said they will not ask the legendary French footballer to leave the club at the end of the season.

Real Madrid have had a difficult season at the end of which they could be without a piece of silverware. However, Zidane’s men have an opportunity to win the league title. With Barcelona failing to catch, the La Liga title race has slipped into the final matchday.

Real, who will face 7th-placed Villareal, are 2 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid who face 19th-placed Valladoid who are facing staring at relegation. Real need nothing less than a win and hope Atletico don’t win their final league game on Sunday to win the league title.

The Frenchman, whose future has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks in what could be a trophyless season, batted away questions if he will remain at the helm, insisting his only focus was on toppling visitors Villarreal.

“It’s not important if I am here or someone else is, the important thing is the team and what we want to achieve,” Zidane said.

“For us the only thing on our minds is the game. We play tomorrow and now isn’t the time to talk about it (his future). All my energy is focused on tomorrow. It’s been a tough campaign but we are excited by the chance of being able to win La Liga.”

There was good news as Zidane confirmed the return of club captain Sergio Ramos for the game against Unai Emery’s side. However, Eden Hazard’s name was on the growing absentee list which already features Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy.

“Hazard’s got something. It’s small, but we don’t want to risk anything. He wasn’t in training because he’s got an issue and tomorrow he won’t be available,” Zidane said.

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