Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted he intends not to add to his squad in the final week of the transfer window despite a mounting defensive crisis ahead of Sunday’s clash with Valencia (2015GMT).
The Frenchman will have just one fit central defender to choose from with Raphael Varane and Jesus Vallejo injured, whilst captain Sergio Ramos serves a one-match ban for picking up the 23rd red card of his career in a 3-0 win at Deportivo la Coruna last weekend.
“With the team I have, the squad we have right now, I don’t want anyone,” said Zidane on Saturday. “We are all ready.”
A groin problem will also keep Varane out of France’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Should Real not enter into the market, the back-to-back European champions will have made a profit in transfers this summer, whilst many of their rivals for the Champions League across the continent have spent hundreds of millions of euros.
Madrid have continued their recent policy of snapping up the best young talent in Spain by signing Dani Ceballos from Real Betis and making Theo Hernandez the first player to cross the Madrid divide from Atletico since 2000.
However, they have cashed in on the Premier League transfer boom with the sales of Alvaro Morata and Danilo to Chelsea and Manchester City respectively, whilst James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal.
Much of Madrid’s summer has also been dominated by rumours surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy at his treatment in Spain as he faces serious tax fraud allegations from public prosecutors and described a five-match ban he recently received from the Spanish football federation for pushing a referee as “persecution.”
However, Zidane has no doubt Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer is settled in the Spanish capital.
“There has been a lot of talk, but Cristiano is here and he won’t move from here,” added Zidane. “This is his club, his team, his city. I think he is delighted with everything that he has here.”
Real Madrid’s official Twitter account seems to have been been hacked, after a post welcoming Lionel Messi to the club appeared on their feed.
Just days after Barcelona’s account was taken over by hackers OurMine, which announced Paris St Germain’s Angel Di Maria had joined the club as a hoax, the group was at it again, this time on the Champions League winners’ account.
At 5.30am BST, accompanied by a video of Messi scoring for Barcelona against Real Madrid, a post on Real’s Twitter said: “Benvingut Messi! Â¡Bienvenido Messi! Welcome Messi! Bienvenue Messi! #Messi.”
The group, which has hacked a series of high-profile accounts over the past 12 months, then followed it up with a series of tweets claiming responsibility for the hacking, saying: “Internet security is s*** and we proved that.”
The post went viral, with over 27,000 retweets in the first 45 minutes of it being up.
Real Madrid’s Twitter got hacked and they posted the video of Messi’s famous winning goal from last season.. pic.twitter.com/vnLMA565j4
— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) August 26, 2017
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has renewed his contract at the club until 2020, without even entering into negotiations, Marca is reporting.
The Frenchman has worked his magic wand ever since his appointment at Los Blancos by club President Florentino Perez in January 2016.
Apparently, the contract extension was just a formality as the 45-year-old didn’t even discuss the financial amount within the contract.
Having won seven trophies ever since his arrival, including two back-to-back Champions League titles in 2016 and 2017, Zidane could have asked for a raise, although he didn’t find it necessary.
With a contract extension now out of their way, Zidane and his men can now focus on defending their La Liga and European crowns this term.