Real Madrid may not be looking to make any more changes to the selected squad ahead of the closure of the transfer window as head coach Zinedine Zidane said he is happy with his squad, adding that his relationship with Madrid president is extremely cordial
Not withstanding that fact that Real Madrid have spent about 300 million euros this summer but Zidane has not selected even a single new signing in his first starting line-ups for the first two matches of the new season.
The Madrid coach had wished the club signs Paul Pogba, but United would not sell amid previous rumor that the french player wanted out, and sell Gareth Bale, but the Welshman remains determined to see out his contract, which would be up by 2022.
“The decisions that are up to me are on the pitch. My relationship with Florentino Perez has always been very good, he will always be the president that brought me here and I will never forget that, said coach Zidane in a press conference on Saturday, ahead of Sunday’s league game away at Villarreal.
“Sometimes it is better to clarify things and I say the relationship is good, I don’t care what anyone says. The important thing is my day-to-day work and that I have the chance to coach this great team,” he added.
Real Madrid brought in Eden Hazard from Chelsea, though he has a thigh injury and will not return until after the international break. Meanwhile, the Belgian started training alone on Friday.
Real Madrid also signed Eder Militao, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo and Ferland Mendy, with Zidane refusing to rule out further additions before the window shuts.
Neymar’s stay at Paris Saint-Germain remains unclear while Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek are also believed to be targets.
“Until Monday at midnight, everything can happen, one surprise, two surprises, but the match is tomorrow,” Zidane assures.
“I am proud of the players I have, for me they are the best players. Even when you say you want to make some changes, the important thing is when the season starts, you are happy and I am happy. I cannot complain about the squad that I have. If I complain, I can change jobs,” he added.
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas has dropped behind Thibaut Courtois in the struggle to be Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper and is looking to join PSG.
“It could happen. Keylor will be with us for the game against Villarreal and until the window closes, anything can happen.” Zidane said.
Real Madrid were held to a draw at home to Real Valladolid last weekend.