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Zidane gives Manchester United hopes for retaining De Gea

"I cannot imagine a Real Madrid without Ronaldo, not at all, nor can I imagine him playing for a different club."

Zidane gives Manchester United hopes for retaining De Gea

"I cannot imagine a Real Madrid without Ronaldo, not at all, nor can I imagine him playing for a different club."

07 January 2018 Sunday 12:43
Zidane gives Manchester United hopes for retaining De Gea

Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to join Real Madrid from Athletic Club in January and yet coach Zinedine Zidane is adamant that the club don't need a goalkeeper.

Although the young Spaniard is out of contract in the summer, Los Blancos are ready to pay 20 million euros to sign him this month with a medical already said to have taken place.

"I don't care [about the winter market], I've only been a coach for two years, but I don't see how signing a player in it can be inconvenient," Zidane stated to the assembled press.

"As a coach, I don't need a goalkeeper at the moment. If that changes by June or if we sit down and talk about it, we may sign players in certain positions.

"In two years, no player has arrived in that position and [in June] we can discuss it.

"For now I'll only talk about the players that I have, out of respect for them."

Zidane also insisted that no player is set to leave the team, attributing any speculation to Real's poor position in LaLiga.

"What I said is that I don't want any player to leave the squad. We know that some can arrive until the 31st, but for the moment I say that I don't want anyone. I'm happy with my squad," he noted.

"Last year there were no questions because Madrid had been playing well.

"When the team has a bad moment every now and then, it is reported that we are going to sign players. I'm not that type of coach."

Rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo heading out the exit door in the near future are certainly wide of the mark, according to Zidane.

"I cannot imagine a Real Madrid without Ronaldo, not at all, nor can I imagine him playing for a different club," continued the Blancos boss.

Facing Celta Vigo on Sunday night without the injured Karim Benzema or Sergio Ramos, the coach was left to defend his training and fitness policies.

"These things happen in football," he said. "In every team there are injured players, it happens in all of life.

"It isn't a question of training alone, each man has his life, his high and low moments. The injuries are a part of that.

"There are players who can have injuries when they have problems in their lives.

"This isn't going to change, it happens to all teams. It is true that we have had important injuries, to important players, and it is reported on here more than it is at other clubs."

Dani Carvajal is also absent for the clash in Galicia through suspension.

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