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Zidane refusing to answer questions on Ronaldo return

Zidane refusing to answer questions on Ronaldo return

New Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has refused to discuss a potential return for Cristiano Ronaldo to the club.

Zidane was announced as the new manager at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday evening, replacing Santiago Solari and returning – less than a year after he left the club.

Madrid have struggled this season and the last 14 days saw them exit the Copa del Rey and Champions League, plus fall out of the La Liga title race.

Zidane’s return has been met with fan delight and club president Florentino Perez is now planning to bring a number of fresh faces to the club this coming summer.

Whilst reports of players such as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar continue to loom, Ronaldo’s name has been dropped in some media reports.

Ronaldo left Madrid last summer, joining Juventus in a €100m deal and it is said that he left under bad terms, however, that has not stopped reports.

“That (the transfer policy) is not on the agenda today,” Zidane told reporters, as cited by Marca.

“We are focusing on finishing the season strongly, we have 11 games remaining in our calendar then we will begin our planning for next campaign.

“We are all aware of Cristiano and what he has done in the history of this club, how important he has been and the impact he has had – but that is not for now, it is not on my mind.

“We must focus on what we have right now and the task at hand for us, focusing on this run of fixtures and achieving our best version.

“We will begin our planning for next season when the time is right.”

The futures of a number of players at the Bernabeu also continue to be discussed with the likes of Marcelo, Isco, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Keylor Navas said to be unhappy with this season and a lack of playing time, consistently.

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard also continues to be linked with a move, however, the English club’s transfer ban could halt such a move.