Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has, on Sunday, spoken out, amid the widespread speculation surrounding his future.
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Nacho on target
Los Blancos were of course back in action a short time ago.
The capital giants made the trip to the Basque country, for an absolutely crucial La Liga showdown with Athletic Bilbao.
Ahead of kick-off at the San Mames, Real sat just two points adrift of city rivals Atletico at the Spanish top-flight summit.
In turn, Zidane and co. were ahead of kick-off that nothing but a victory would suffice, in their efforts to keep alive the club’s hopes of securing a 2nd-straight league title.
And, when all was said and done, secure all three points is precisely what Los Merengues managed.
A solitary finish from surprise hero Nacho Fernandez, a little over twenty minutes from time, saw Real keep the pressure on Atleti, who also got the better of Osasuna at the Wanda Metropolitano:
Real Madrid have scored! 🚨
Nacho didn’t know anything about it, but what a monumental goal that could prove to be 👀
Benzema was in an offside position, but must have been deemed not to be interfering as the goal stood after a VAR review 🤷 pic.twitter.com/v1NsY9zhfe
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) May 16, 2021
‘Not said anything’
it was not the club’s efforts on the pitch, however, which went on to take centre stage in the post-match media chatter at the San Mames.
Instead, it was the future of Real boss Zinedine Zidane.
Just last night, it was widely reported that Los Blancos’ long-time boss had informed of the club’s stars of his decision to step down in the summer:
🚨 Zinedine Zidane has told his players that he will LEAVE Real Madrid at the end of the season, Goal can confirm. pic.twitter.com/QcNsCMr8Ld
— Goal (@goal) May 15, 2021
24 hours on, though, ‘Zizou’ has moved to put to bed such claims.
Speaking during a post-match interview, the French tactician confirmed that he has not yet spoken to Real’s squad about his future, with the club’s focus remaining on matters on the pitch:
Zinedine Zidane: “How can I tell my players that I’m leaving the club at this stage of the season? I’ve not said anything to my players about my future”. ⚪️ #RealMadrid
Florentino is waiting for Zidane ‘official’ decision too, while Real contacted other managers to be prepared.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 16, 2021