Zinedine Zidane denies Cristiano Ronaldo wants to quit Real Madrid despite struggles

Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy at Real Madrid according to the Spanish media

Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy at Real Madrid according to the Spanish media

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed what he and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo talk about amid rumours the Portuguese could leave the club.

"I cannot imagine a Madrid without Cristiano, it's his club, where he should be, the club, the fans, everybody loves him, I always say the same about Cristiano, I do not see a Madrid without him".

"I do not want to talk about his contract".

"I always say the same thing about Cristiano, I can not see Madrid without him and what concerns me is the sporting side".

And with confidence at a real low for the current Champions League holders, the club's senior squad members looked to lift the spirits of team-mates during training as Marcelo and Ronaldo were pictured with beaming smiles.

"The footballing side is what interests me the most".

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"We know what can be said outside but within, what Cristiano must do is just think about playing as he has been doing, and that's what I want, to talk only about his attitude and what he can bring us".

Speaking ahead of the Copa del Rey first-leg clash with Leganes on Thursday, Zidane brushed off the speculation and told Ronaldo, who is under contract until 2021, to focus on matters on the pitch. "I only want to talk about his performances".

"He is at his club, where he should be, everyone loves him here, at the club, the fans".

Madrid go into the match following a painful home defeat to Villarreal which has ended their chances of retaining the Liga Santander title and with Zidane increasingly questioned for his tactics, training and team selection.

After winning just two of their last seven league games, Real are 19 points behind leaders Barcelona with a game in hand.

"I don't overthink anything, I live day to day and I'll not change that", Zidane replied when asked about his own future at Real.

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