The official statement about Zidane leaving Real Madrid is yet to come but the speculation about his departure gathered so much momentum that it seems, the World Champion has already left the job. Even there was news that Zidane told his players in the dressing room, he would leave after the end of the season and as it turned out, it was nothing but another speculation.
Zidane has stated that his sole focus is on fighting until the end of the La Liga campaign, as his side defeated Athletic Club 1-0 at San Mames on Sunday evening and kept the hope alive.
With one point separating his side and Atletico Madrid and just one match to spare, Zidane is keen for a positive result at home to Villarreal on Sunday.
“We are going to play our match and we are going to have a difficult match against Villarreal, so we have to concentrate on ourselves,” he said in his post-match press conference.
Regarding his talking with the Los Blancos about his departure Zidane replied, “How am I going to tell my players that I am leaving now when we are putting everything on the line?”
“When you say things from the outside, you can say whatever you want. I am not ever going to say that to my players.”
“At the end of the season we will see, but now I am in this and am focused on the last match.”
“We cannot talk constantly about my future; the most important thing is the last match that we have to play.”
After another controversial VAR handball decision went against Real Madrid on Sunday, Zidane was not interested in wading into the matter.
“We have already spoken about it and I do not want to get involved in it again,” he said.
“I believe that the referee does his job as well as possible and that’s it.”
“It’s true that they say there was a hand, but I do my job and the referee tries to do his job.”
Zidane played down the fact that Eden Hazard once again started on the substitute’s bench.
“Nothing has happened with Hazard, it is just that others are playing at the moment,” he said.
“I have to choose the 11 and nothing more.”
“He is contributing like everyone else. He comes in, goes out…I have to choose an 11 every week.”