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Gareth Bale: Zinedine Zidane denies showing Real Madrid winger disrespect

Gareth Bale: Zinedine Zidane denies showing Real Madrid winger disrespect

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has denied showing disrespect to Gareth Bale, and claimed the Wales forward refused to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich on Sunday.Zidane has said Bale is "very close to leaving" the club and that his exit would be "best for everyone".Those comments led Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett to complain Zidane had "no respect" for the 30-year-old. "I haven't shown a lack of respect towards anyone," Zidane said."What I said the other day is that the club was working on Bale's exit."I've always said the same thing: the players are the most important ones in all of this. Whenever there's a player involved, I'll always back them."Football Daily podcast: Bale...
Zinedine Zidane: How Chelsea could line-up next season if former Real Madrid boss replaces Maurizio Sarri

Zinedine Zidane: How Chelsea could line-up next season if former Real Madrid boss replaces Maurizio Sarri

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LOOKING AHEAD The legendary Frenchman is favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge if they sack their current boss Maurizio Sarri is under immense pressure at Chelsea only eight months into the job and could find himself replaced by Zinedine Zidane. The former Real Madrid manager has been out of work since leaving the club in May following a third consecutive Champions League final win and this has appealed to the Blues hierarchy who believe he can have the same impact at Stamford Bridge. How would Zidane have Chelsea line-up? His odds have been cut from 14/1 into as short as 13/8, making him the clear favourite for the job. Chelsea suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Manchester City last Sunday, and Thursday night’s 2-1 victory over M...
Cristiano Ronaldo injury: Zinedine Zidane refuses to put time frame on Real Madrid star's return

Cristiano Ronaldo injury: Zinedine Zidane refuses to put time frame on Real Madrid star's return

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo's absence.The top scoring forward was substituted at half-time in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Barcelona when he injured his ankle.Ronaldo, scored his 25th goal of the season and 42nd in all competitions, when he cancelled out Luis Suarez's opener, but picked up a knock in the process.With the Champions League final against Liverpool three weeks away, Zidane insisted it was too early to speculate about the extent of the injury."I don't know how long he'll be out," he told Real's official website."He said it wasn't much, but we'll see tomorrow."We'll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swolle...
Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Real Madrid (2-5 on aggregate): Ronaldo eases pressure on Zidane

Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Real Madrid (2-5 on aggregate): Ronaldo eases pressure on Zidane

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Holders Real Madrid eased into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 win at 10-man Paris St Germain.Cristiano Ronaldo's 12th goal in the competition and Casemiro's late strike ensured Zinedine Zidane's side progressed 5-2 on aggregate in the French capital on Tuesday evening.Leading 3-1 from the first leg, Real never looked in danger against the sedate hosts despite Edinson Cavani's fortunate second-half equaliser.Zidane's side put aside their LaLiga blues - they are 15 points behind arch rivals Barcelona - to reach the quarter-finals of the competition they won last June.Marco Verratti was sent off for PSG in the second half as their hopes of a maiden Champions League title ended.They are also likely to face UEFA punishment after the game was briefly halted at the start of the se...