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Zidane on his future: “A moment might come when there’s a need for change”

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The coach also looked ahead to the Athletic Club match.

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Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media on Saturday afternoon, speaking ahead of the Sunday evening clash with Athletic Club in Bilbao. The coach said he hopes Real Madrid can start brightly in this game, stating: “We’ll try to start the game as well as we did the other day in Granada. We have to focus on our match, which is the only one we can control.”

The press conference also focused on Zidane’s future. He started by reflecting on his nearly two decades at the club, saying: “I’ve been here and involved at this club for 20 years. I’m grateful that they signed me as a player.”

He then continued: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m here now and we have a match tomorrow. Anything could happen because this is Real Madrid. I give my all. Then a moment might come when there’s a need for change for the good of all. There are times when you need to be there and times when not, but for everyone’s benefit and not just mine. I make the most of every moment. You don’t know what will happen in two or three years. When I see my players train, it makes me emotional. I like seeing my players train. Then the matches come, but it’s also about the day-to-day work.”

Finally, he reflected on the difficult season that Real Madrid have had, saying: “We’ve had a year with many injuries and strange things and I’m proud of my players. They’ve never stopped working and they’re giving their all. For a coach, that’s amazing. As I used to be a player, I know the players are the most important. There is great mutual respect between the players and their coach. We all know we’re at the greatest club in the world and we’re all writing a piece of its history.”