Zinedine Zidane waved goodbye to one of his best attackers this summer in Alvaro Morata, and now he awaits to find out whether he can lure his perfect replacement, Kylian Mbappe.
Although the Real Madrid boss has been busy supervising his players during their pre-season training in the United States, he has not shied away from complementing Monaco’s rising star.
“He’s a very good player, he’s shown that all year, but he’s not my player, I cannot tell you any more,” Zidane told ESPN Mexico.
Instead, attention turned to the subject of Morata’s departure to Chelsea this week with Los Blancos’ leader bidding farewell to his now former striker.
“We wish him all the luck in the world – except against Madrid,” said the coach. “In the end, we know that this is his home, he has been here all his whole life.
“He has to make decisions and so he has decided to go to another club.”
Speculation has settled down in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo and his previously rumored switch away from the Spanish capital, as the 45-year-old briefed the media on his situation.
“He’s on vacation, he deserves it, we’ll wait for him,” Zidane said. “He’s going to stay with us and that’s it.”
Other names that cropped up included Isco and Gareth Bale, who will have increased competition this upcoming campaign thanks to new arrivals.
“Each player has had their importance and has contributed in certain moments, that has been the success of the team,” he explained.
“I will need all the players because we are going to play 60 games.
“It is very difficult to satisfy all of them because you can give them 50 games and if you take away one, they get angry.”
It now seems the whole squad are on board with the idea of experimenting with the team and sharing the playing time.
“The idea is different, I’m using everyone and in the end if it has gone well, we win,” said the World Cup winner.
“The players trust what I wanted to pass onto them and that is the most important thing.”
Finally, Zidane looked ahead towards the upcoming fixture with Barcelona for the International Champions Cup in the United States.
“It’s a friendly, let’s enjoy it, these matches are special. I hope it’s a good football match,” he concluded.