Zidane knows he won't be at La Liga side for 10 years

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

Real Madrid may have ended the year badly, but Zinedine Zidane has been named French coach of 2017 for leading the club to a Liga and Champions League double.

After a year in which the team won a club record five different trophies, a 3-0 Clasico defeat at home to Barcelona before the winter break, followed by a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on their return to league action, means last season's La Liga champions are 16 points behind runaway leaders Barca. "The draw is not the best result but you do not have to go insane". We will work harder than ever now, in all senses. It's not a physical thing, or more in our heads.

Zidane could afford to rest his superstars with one eye on La Liga and the Champions League last 16 with a clash against Paris Saint-Germain next month. I am aware that I have in front of me great players who listen to me.

'I am happy with what the players did. We're all in the same boat.

Real Madrid's Francisco Roman "Isco" (left), shoots the ball next to Numancia's Unai Elgezabal during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Numancia at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, January10, 2018. "We need to win two or three games in a row to regain some of our confidence".

Zidane again insisted he did not want any "quick-fixes" in the January transfer window, and that any changes to be made - including with the coach - should be considered at the end of the season. "I don't like [those things] to be said because it isn't true".

"For me, we are recovering things and we will [recover] with my players and staying relaxed, without problems". I will not throw in the towel due to some bad months. There are people who say everything has gone to shit. No. Real Madrid is above me, above everybody.

"I can not think two or three years down the line, as I know how it is here, even having a contract, which means nothing". I will keep doing it until I am out, nothing more.

Marca reports a half hour meeting was held before training.

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