Houssem Aouar is associated with Los Blancos, and the coach was asked about the Lyon midfielder. “I don’t know what information you have about him,” Zidane said.

Maybe one-day Houssem could play for Real Madrid

Real Madrid faces Levante this weekend, but there was a lot of talk about the transfer market on Saturday when Zinedine Zidane held his usual pre-match press conference. Houssem Aouar is associated with Los Blancos, and the coach was asked about the Lyon midfielder. “I don’t know what information you have about him,” Zidane said. “He’s a great player, and I do not doubt that. Maybe one day, he could play for Real Madrid, but right now, we have this squad, and we are going to go ahead with the players that we have.” He also said about whether he worries about the growing list of injuries, with right-backs Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola. “I’m not worried about injuries, but I don’t like it,” said the Frenchman.

 

“I’m more upset with the players who are injured, but the rest of us will move forward and move on with the players we have at our disposal.”

Ramos, Kroos, and Modric may play for another six to seven years

Speaking about his team, he mentioned some of his senior players’ rotation, such as Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, or Luka Modric. “The players you ask about Ramos, Kroos, and Modric are over thirty and may play for another six to seven years,” the coach said. “It has nothing to do with age, it’s a way of thinking about how best to benefit the team as a whole, and those who are selected are committed to doing what I want them to do.” I know the player is not happy when he’s not playing, and dropping players is the worst part of a coach’s job.” He explained why he has to rotate his squad, the team has so many matches to play during the season. We always talk about it. I did the same ever since I came here as head coach,” he added.

“I’m doing this to win titles, not just three games, and for a 60 or 65 match season. We need everyone we have. Many coaches do it too, because before you only had 30 or 35 matches, but now you have almost 65 and after that, the European Championship in June. I always discuss this with the players. The player always wants to play and is never going to understand things fully, but we talk about these things, and we are moving forward because I am the coach.”