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Zinedine Zidane sends a message to Gareth Bale ahead of the summer

18 March 2019

"I am not going to talk about Bale's season, I only talk about the 11 games we have left", Zidane said on Friday.

Zinedine Zidane has set his sights on signing Sadio Mane and Paul Pogba to overhaul the Real Madrid team, according to a report in Spain.

With new Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane having had his first training session with his squad since his return to Los Blancos, here is what reportedly transpired.

Zidane showed his belief in Isco and Marcelo.

"I think it's ideal because of the fantastic things he has done in the past few years".

Zidane said: "I'm not going to talk about a player that isn't mine".

But despite Zidane overseeing Madrid's successful era, it was another ex-head coach who was Perez's go-to guy, according to Calderon.

Mbappe's team-mate Neymar is also thought to be of interest to Madrid, and while Zidane would not be drawn on transfer plans, he did reference the two PSG players' elite ability.

Speaking after his return to the club earlier this week, the former midfielder said: "I left because a change was needed at the end of last season, for the good of everyone, after winning so much".

Zidane's squad only omits one player due to a tactical decision, and that is Jesus Vallejo, otherwise the coach has selected everyone who is available to play.

The positive atmosphere will be reflected in the Bernabeu on Saturday with somewhere close to a full house, whereas in other circumstances we could have been looking at a lot of empty seats and although the fans will be looking for a home win, it is how Madrid play and who plays for Madrid which will be more important in the long run.

With 11 matches to the end the league, Frenchman trainer is confident Real Madrid can finish in the second position ahead of Atletico Madrid with Barcelona on course to clinch the title.

"We are ready and Gareth is ready for tomorrow and whatever tomorrow's game takes".

Zinedine Zidane sends a message to Gareth Bale ahead of the summer