MADRID – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane excluded on Monday any departures during the winter transfer window, but opened the door for more players to join La Liga’s defending champion.
During the previous transfer window, players such as forward Alvaro Morata and defender Pepe left the club, prompting talks about how much it has affected the club’s performance.
“I’m very happy with my squad, that’s why I don’t want anyone to leave, but in football anything can happen. When the window opens we’ll talk, there could be movement or not. I’m sure that nobody is going,” Zidane said at a press conference on the eve of the second leg of the Spanish Cup round of 32.
“There is talk in the press of a forward and a goalkeeper. We know that we can sign but at the moment we’re not looking at that,” he added.
Zidane also revealed that Welsh forward Gareth Bale was fit for Tuesday’s Copa del Rey match Madrid minnows Fuenlabrada, after recovering from a hamstring injury.
He expressed his hopes that his famous attacking trident – Karim Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo – would play together again.
However, Zidane’s hopes are not likely to materialize, as Ronaldo and Benzema are to be given a rest in Tuesday’s match.