The Frenchman also was asked about the possible return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid amid recent rumours.

Amid the rumours, Cristiano Ronaldo stays at Juventus

Zinedine Zidane faced the media ahead of the LaLiga clash between Real Madrid and Elche. The Frenchman was asked about the possible return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid amid recent rumours. “Well, you know what Cristiano Ronaldo means to Real Madrid, what he did, the affection we all have for him, and what he did here is great,” he said. “But now he’s a Juventus player, and he’s doing very well there. I can’t tell you anything, a lot of things have been said, but you have to respect those things”. While there is still concrete progress to be made regarding Sergio Ramos’s contract renewal with Los Blancos, Zidane believes the centre-back may well play at the top-level into his forties.

Sergio Ramos can play until he turns 40

“That is already a good intention, and he has said it,” he added. “Every year, he will see how he feels, and Ramos stays the way he is now, then he can play until he turns 40. The most important thing is how he feels.” Raphael Varane is another potential headache for Los Merengues heading into the summer transfer window, with former Lens prodigy yet to agree to a contract renewal for a deal that will expire in June 2022. In an ideal world, Varane and Real Madrid will agree. Although whether or not the club will allow him to leave for free potentially is unclear. Still, the French coach believes that the defender is just focused on football. “I don’t think he is thinking about leaving,” he explained. “He always said this, and he is delighted here. I see him staying here.”

Supporters have been concerned about how Eden Hazard continues to pick up injuries. There are apparent fears among the club fans that the Belgian may develop mental problems with his fitness, as they perceive Gareth Bale in his later years in Madrid. However, Zidane believes in the former Chelsea striker and desperately wants him back and available for selection. “He had a lasting injury that he had never had before, so it’s natural that he will feel some discomfort,” he said. “He has a long contract with us, and when he comes up, he will play like an insane. I’m very positive and would like to talk to our fans and say that when you’re not 100 per cent, things feel complicated, but Hazard will be very well here.”