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Thursday 19 July 2018

Zizou backs Ron'

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Zinedine Zidane says he cannot imagine Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to reports, the forward wants to leave the European champions over a contract dispute with president Florentino Perez and has been linked with a return to Manchester United.

The Portugal international is under contract at the Bernabeu until 2021 and head coach Zidane urged him to concentrate only on his game.

"We know what is discussed, but what Cristiano has to do is think about playing, as always," the Frenchman told a press conference. "I just want to talk about his performance and what he can bring to the team on the pitch.

"Cristiano is a part of this club, where he belongs. The club, the fans, everyone loves him.

"I always say the same thing, I do not see a Madrid without Cristiano.

"The sporting side is the one that I am interested in. I do not want to talk about the contract and those things."

Zidane was speaking ahead of Madrid's Copa Del Rey quarter-final meeting away to Leganes tomorrow.

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