Zidane uncertain of Ronaldo’s return

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid CF wins The best Fifa men's player and Zinedine Zidane of France and Real Madrid CF wins The Best FIFA Men's Coach during The Best FIFA Football Awards Show on October 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Zinedine Zidane has played down rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid this summer.

The former French international was confirmed as Madrid’s Coach for the second time on Monday, following the sack of Santiago Solari.

Zidane, one of the main targets for the Juve job, returned to the Bernabeu 284 days after guiding the club to three consecutive Champions League titles.

With rumours of a massive overhaul in the dressing room making the rounds, Zizou was asked about a sensational return of Ronaldo to the club.

“That isn’t the issue right now,” said the 46-year-old at his official unveiling via Football Italia.

“The issue right now is that there are 11 games and we’re going to think about that.

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“You know who Cristiano is, he’s in the history of this club and no-one’s going to change that.

“He’s been the best, one of the best, but he isn’t an issue for us right now. I’m not thinking about signings, only that I’m very happy to be back. I’m just thinking about the 11 games that we have left.

“We’ll have time to look at things with the right people and prepare for next season.”

Ronaldo, however, will be focused on hunting down one of his former foes in LaLiga when Juve welcome the Rojiblancos at the Allianz stadium tonight.

The Portuguese star has scored an impressive 22 goals in 31 appearances against Atletico and will be hoping to improve that run, as they try to overturn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

 

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