January 23, 2019

Madrid boss Zidane slams Isco exit talk

12 February 2018, 07:04 | Anna Jefferson

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Eden Hazard has admitted that he is a huge admirer of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, describing the former France star as his footballing idol.

He's a mature guy, who has a very strong squad around him at Real Madrid.

Real Madrid's comprehensive 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday boosted confidence in the Spanish capital with the feeling that they have set themselves up nicely for the looming Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain. "I was asked before [during the January transfer window] why weren't we going to sign anyone", Zidane said.

Real have stuttered in La Liga thus far this season, and sit third, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona and 10 behind second-placed Atletico Madrid.

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Xabi Prieto scored his first-ever league goals with a double in that game and he has netted more against Real Madrid (nine) than against any other side in the Primera Division. "He is a very good footballer, he has shown that and can always show that".

"I want Isco [in my team] and I want him to spend his whole life here".

"I just give advice to the team". It's a lie [that we want to sell to sell him].

"I hope Neymar is still with us, he still has things to do with PSG", he said. "Hopefully, we won't hear any more of this", Zidane added.

"We have 25 players and everyone is important".

"There have been some times this season when he hasn't been able to get on the scoresheet but he is there when needed".

"We know Wednesday´s game is a knockout tie and we don´t want to concede a goal at home", added Zidane, who saw Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio impress after being handed starts in place of Gareth Bale and Casemiro.

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