Zinedine Zidane plays down Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale Real Madrid speculation

Zinedine Zidane plays down Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale Real Madrid speculation

Furthermore, the report from Diario Gol states that Zidane isn't sure if Raphael Varane will continue on at Real Madrid next season and that he views de Ligt as an apt replacement for the World Cup victor.

Madrid need to beat Real Sociedad and Real Betis in their remaining two matches and hope that Atletico Madrid fail to pick up another point if they are to finish as runners-up to Barca in LaLiga.

Bale became the most expensive player in the history of the game when he moved to Real Madrid for £90 million in 2013.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Sunday's away game against Real Sociedad, Zidane denied suggestions that Madrid's season could be perceived in a different light due to Barca's elimination.

Bale has drawn interests from Manchester United, Liverpool and other clubs in recent week.

The Welshman's future has been up in the air since Zidane's return to the Santiago Bernabeu a couple months ago.

"I am not sure that Mr Zidane wants him to stay but at the moment Gareth wants to stay".

Bale is contracted at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2022 and had meant to stay put this summer. I'm nobody to say whether it [the criticism] is justified or not.

Navas has made just nine league appearances for Real this season, however six of them have come since current manager Zinedine Zidane returned to the club.

Alguacil said his side are relishing the opportunity of taking on Zidane's men after a frustrating campaign in which injuries to a number of key players have taken their toll.

In a report by Marca, when asked about the conversation, Zidane said, "I won't tell you anything about it, private conversations are private".

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