Actual Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he held talks with membership president Florentino Perez relating to the potential of making new signings within the January switch window, though he doesn’t need any gamers to depart.
Madrid are reportedly near sealing a €20 million transfer for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, whereas for months now there have been requires extra skilled cowl within the squad at centre-forward and centre-back.
There has additionally hypothesis that defeat to runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona earlier than the winter break could lead on Perez to make an enormous signing, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard doable targets.
Zidane instructed the pregame information convention forward of Thursday’s Copa del Rey round-of-32 first leg at second division Numancia that he was at present completely satisfied together with his squad, however added that something may occur earlier than the switch window closes on Jan. 31.
“Kepa isn’t a Actual Madrid participant,” Zidane stated. “I believe solely about my gamers. With the president, we talked about the whole lot, and perhaps about reinforcements. As of at present there will likely be no signings, however something can occur till [Jan.] 31.
“Possibly someone comes, something can occur, however I are not looking for any participant to depart this squad. A coach at all times firstly of the season places his squad collectively, and I’m pleased with it, no matter occurs.
“The defeat within the Clasico harm, however Madrid by no means provides up, and we is not going to surrender. We are going to struggle till the tip of Might for the whole lot we face, for certain.”
Zidane was much less clear when pushed repeatedly to make clear a “thriller” hamstring damage suffered by a lot criticised centre-forward Karim Benzema, which is able to see him out for about three weeks.
“After the Clasico [Benzema] felt one thing — we have no idea precisely what,” Zidane added. “There was discuss that he had one thing earlier than the sport. That’s lies for me. I belief within the participant, nothing else, he didn’t get injured on holidays, he was injured earlier than he left.
“He felt one thing throughout the recreation. We don’t give a lot significance within the second. We felt it was not so massive, however after the vacations we realised, after the scans, that it was extra vital.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, who turns 33 subsequent month, is predicted to be excused from the early rounds of the Copa once more this yr, however match once more Gareth Bale may make his first begin in any competitors since late September on the Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos on Thursday night.
Kids Marcos Llorente, Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos may additionally get runs with Zidane having one eye on Sunday’s difficult La Liga recreation at Celta Vigo.
“It is vitally vital for [Bale] now,” Zidane stated. “He’s coaching commonly, which is a very powerful. He will likely be with us tomorrow. Then we are going to see. The concept is for him now to choose up common video games.”
Soria-based Numancia have solely ever spent 4 seasons within the prime flight, most not too long ago 2008-09, however are at present in fifth within the Segunda Division, one level off an automated promotion place.
“What they’re doing in their very own league is superb,” Zidane stated. “They knocked out Malaga, a Primera workforce [in the last round]. We all know how vital the primary leg is, away from dwelling, and we are going to try to play a critical recreation, respecting the opponent as at all times.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based soccer author who covers La Liga and the Spain nationwide workforce for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan