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Zidane responds to Real Madrid exit reports

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After reports emerged claiming he told the Real Madrid players of his plans to leave, Zinedine Zidane set the record straight.

Zinedine Zidane has denied reports claiming he told the Real Madrid players of plans to leave the club.

Reports from Spain emerged over the weekend stating that Zidane had told the Real Madrid squad that he intends to quit as manager once the season is over.

The Frenchman, however, insisted he ‘would never, ever say that to my players’ following the club’s 1-0 win over Athletic Club on Sunday.

“How could I tell the players I’m leaving now? We’re giving our everything for the title and I just say ‘by the way, I’m off’?,” said Zidane as per Goal.

“People outside the club can say whatever they like, but I would never, ever say that to my players.”

The Real Madrid manager’s focus will now be on next Sunday’s La Liga finale against Villarreal at home.

With a two-point gap to league leaders Atletico Madrid, who won 2-1 at Osasuna over the weekend, Los Blancos need to beat Villarreal and hope their rivals lose to Real Valladolid.