After training on Saturday morning at Valdebabas,
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane faced the media to talk about Sunday’s game against Valencia, and admitted he doesn’t want another striker to come in before the transfer window closes.
Raphael Varane didn’t join the session and Zidane has ruled him out of the match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
“Varane wants to play, but he has something injury wise,” he began.
“I do not want to risk him even if there is no Sergio [Ramos] nor [Jesus] Vallejo.
“The health of the footballer matters more to me.”
Though Real and enjoying spectacular success at present, thanks to a continuous high level of performance, Zidane doesn’t want his charges resting on their laurels.
“Winning one day doesn’t mean that the next game will be easy,” he continued.
“We have to keep this winning mentality.”
Finally, the Frenchman was asked about more signings before the window closes, particularly in attack, and his response was emphatic.
“I do not want another striker,” he said.
“I’m counting on Mayoral and I’m going to give him all year because he’s a player that can help us when we need him.
“For him it’s a year to learn and be ready when he has the opportunity to play.”