Zinedine Zidane feeling the pressure at Real Madrid, says 'wants to stay next season'

30 Mar , 2018 , 08:05 PM
Zinedine Zidane wants to stay at Real Madrid (Image Source: PTI)
Zinedine Zidane wants to stay at Real Madrid (Image Source: PTI)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane on Friday hinted that he wanted to stay at the club next season.

While attending the pre-match press conference, Zidane admitted that his future depends on results and the Champions League will play a major role for his future.

"Yes, I would still like to stay as coach of Real Madrid," Zidane said, adding, "Here we depend on the results, it has not changed, it will not change, it is the requirement of this club and I accept it”.

The former French midfielder had previously kept silence on his future.

"I've been here 18 years, I know how Real Madrid functions," said Zidane, who arrived at the club as a player in the summer of 2001.

Zidane has come under immense pressure in recent months despite winning the Champions League in each of his two seasons in charge at Los Merengues.

"I do what I like doing, I do it thoroughly and if the question is, do you want to continue? Then yes, I will continue. I do not feel tired, not at all,” the 2006 World Cup finalist said.

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Real Madrid have been lacklustre in La Liga campaign this season, standing behind rivals Barcelona -and Atletico Madrid, but the mood has changed since Real beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League this month.      

First, however, Real face a trip to Gran Canarias and Las Palmas, hoping to close the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid to one point before Atletico play Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

"We hope to take second place, little by little," Zidane said, adding, "Of course, we have our minds on Tuesday but tomorrow we have a match and to execute on Tuesday, we have to execute well tomorrow".

Zidane further confirmed that captain Sergio Ramos and Isco will miss the tie against Las Palmas this weekend.

The French insisted that his relationship with Isco, who blasted the Real boss after his hat-trick for Spain against Argentina on Tuesday, is good.

"He said it clearly, he is happy. Maybe he does not have the best role, but he is important," Real travel to Las Palmas in the league on Saturday. The player wants to play more, like everyone, but I can only choose eleven and I have 25. Isco is a Madrid player and he is going to stay here,” Zidane said.

Real Madrid play Las Palmas on Saturday.

First Published: Friday, March 30, 2018 07:42 PM
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