Zinedine Zidane heightens Eden Hazard and Neymar rumours with transfer comments

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard

Zinedine Zidane said Saturday that he hopes Real Madrid will bolster their attack this summer, doing little to deflate speculation surrounding moves for Neymar and Eden Hazard.

“I have a clear idea what I want to do,” Zidane told reporters. “The profiles and everything. I do not have every name, but I have clear idea what I want to achieve next year and we are working on it.

“Our intention is to have more strength in attack.”

Since returning to manage Real in March, Zidane has voiced his admiration for stars such as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba at Manchester United.

This week another star linked to Real, Neymar, gave an interview in his native Brazil in which the Paris Saint-Germain star said he dreamed of playing with Hazard.

Zidane was asked if playing for Real was a dream come true.

“Yes, for many players,” he replied. “They know that this club is important and many want to play here one day. It’s natural.”

The theme continued when Zidane was asked if Hazard and Gareth Bale would be compatible.

“All good players are compatible,” he said, going on to refer to Youri Djorkaeff, a team-mate when France won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. “They said I was not compatible with Djorkaeff. What nonsense.”

As for Bale, who is expected to leave in the summer, “at the end of the season you will see what we are going to do. I’m sure he’ll keep playing until the end of the season”.

Real visit bottom side Rayo Vallecano on Sunday practically assured of Champions League football despite a deeply disappointing season.

The European champions are third in La Liga with four games to go, six points behind second-place Atletico Madrid and 10 clear of Getafe and Sevilla in fourth and fifth.

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Zinedine Zidane left feeling frustrated by Real Madrid draw at Getafe

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Zinedine Zidane felt Real Madrid were worthy of more than just a point from their game against Getafe.

Zidane’s side created the better chances during the goalless draw at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, which leaves Madrid six points behind city rivals Atletico in the race to finish second behind champions-elect Barcelona.

Jose Bordalas’ side extended their unbeaten run to five matches and have now lost only one of their last 13 La Liga games as they reclaimed fourth spot.

“We played well and deserved a lot more. We had chances to score a goal, especially in the first half. I am happy with the way we played, our intent and concentration, but not the result,” Zidane told the club’s official website.

“If Getafe are fourth there is a reason behind it. They are doing well. They have 55 points and there are just four games to go. You have to congratulate them and hope they finish as high as possible in the league.”

Much of what was good about Madrid on Thursday night involved Brahim Diaz and Zidane had praise for the talented teenager.

“I am happy with his progress, he had a great game,” said the Madrid boss. “He likes to play and I love fearless players, he is two-footed and quick.

“He had a good game but had to come off due to cramp. He played well and I am happy, I love how he plays. Let’s see what happens next year. The key thing is what happened today.”

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Real Madrid player ratings as Brahim Diaz dazzles with an 8 but can't drag team to victory

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Real Madrid played out a goalless stalemate away to Getafe in La Liga on Thursday night.

The only real excitement from the encounter came from Brahim Diaz. Some of the moves the 19-year-old pulled off were breath-taking but none led to a goal for his side.

Here, we rate the performances of the Madrid players.

STARTING XI (4-3-3)

Keylor Navas – Had one free-kick to parry away in the first half before a world class double save in the 73rd minute. 7

Dani Carvajal – Decent shot from range in the second half. Also set up Isco for a great chance. 6

Raphael Varane – Not very accurate with his passing and seemed vulnerable at times. 5

Nacho Fernandez – Steady at the back, making plenty of big clearances. 6

Sergio Reguilon – Solid performance in defence and got forward when he could but never really caused problems. 6

Federico Valverde – Can’t fault him for commitment to the cause but showed little to suggest he’s good enough to start in Madrid’s midfield. 5

Casemiro – Dipping shot from distance was awkward for Soria to deal with. Anchored the midfield well and was absolutely dominant in the air. 7

Isco – Set up Benzema with a great chance early on. seemed to thrive in an advanced midfield role. Nearly scored from Carvajal’s cut-back. 7

Brahim Diaz – Great close control, technique and acceleration. Clever play and was the standout player for Real. Produced a few moments of magic. 8

Karim Benzema – Spurned a glorious opportunity in the second minute, putting his effort wide. Looked a threat in behind and produced a save from Soria in the first half. 6

Gareth Bale – A few good moments as he made inroads down the left but really should be playing a bigger role. 5

SUBS

Marco Asensio (for Bale 71′) – Disappointed when he came on, making no impact. 5

Lucas Vazquez (for Diaz 71′) – A dive late in the game his only contribution. 5

Toni Kroos (for Valverde 78′) – Some good passing but little time to effect proceedings. N/A

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