Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid boss rejects exit reports after victory at Athletic Bilbao | Football News
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has played down reports linking him to an exit from the club following his side’s 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
The victory means that Real enter the last day of the season still in the title race, two points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid, who have 83.
Zidane’s side will host Villarreal next Sunday on the last day of the season and the Frenchman has insisted that is the one thing he and the team are focused on.
Some local media reports earlier in the week suggested he had already told players he was leaving the club at the end of the season – which he denied.
“How can I tell the players I’m leaving now? We’re giving it our all for the title and I’m just saying ‘by the way, I’m leaving’?” Zidane said.
“People outside the club can say whatever they want, but I would never, ever say it to my players.”
Zidane is on his second stint at Real, having won three straight Champions League titles in his debut between 2016 and 2018.
He returned a year later after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari were both sacked by President Florentino Perez and won the La Liga title for the second time as a coach in the 2019-20 season.
However, if he ends this season without silverware, his position could be in jeopardy.
“At the end of the season we’ll see what happens, but for now we are focused on our last game,” Zidane said.
“We can’t keep talking about my future. The last game of the season is much more important than that.”