Real Madrid The coach’s first press conference of the summer
Zinedine Zidane faced the press for the first time this summer on Friday night, speaking ahead of Real Madrid‘s International Champions Cup fixture against Bayern Munich in Houston.
He spoke about a number of topics, including the futures of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and transfer target Paul Pogba.
When asked about the Welshman, he insisted that there is no issue with the 30-year-old.
“He’s not a problem, I’m not going to say that a player is a problem,” Zidane stated.
“Anything could happen.
“He has a contract, we’ll see.
“Nothing at all has changed with respect to Bale between June and now.”
His comments on James were similar, even though the Colombian is expected to move on this summer.
“He is a Real Madrid player right now and we’ll see what happens,” the coach said.
“He is on holiday at the moment and I can’t say more.”
When asked about Pogba, Zidane was quite vague.
“The club know what we want and there is time ahead,” he told reporters.
“Right now we are focussed on these matches.
“We’ll see what happens.”
He went on to analyse the pre-season friendlies and what they mean for the squad.
“I’m very happy with how things are going, but not surprised,” Zidane said.
“The players want to do things well, they’re very good.
“We’ve been working well, which is what we came here for, and I have to congratulate all my players.
“They want to play and we’re prepared, now we have these three matches.
“We’ve spoken at the club [about the squad].
“There could be changes until the final day, both in terms of arrivals and departures.
“I get excited about working with those who are here.
“It’s difficult, but it’s the reality.
“I speak to everyone because I want to be clear with them.”
As the star arrival of the summer, Eden Hazard was discussed during the press conference.
“He needed a club like Real Madrid,” Zidane said.
“This club has something special and players know it.
“I arrived here at aged 29 and got better and something similar will happen with him, as we think he can get even better.
“We have him and we’ll make the most of him.”
While he’s not yet a superstar, Takefusa Kubo has also arrived and has also turned heads in training.
“He is doing well and has quality,” the coach said of the Japanese youngster.
“He’s fitting in well and it feels like he has been with us for ages.
“I can’t say if he’ll play this weekend.
“We’ll have to wait to see how all the players are used.”
Zidane also took a moment to thank the press for sending their condolences after the death of his brother Farid.