Zinedine Zidane has expressed his confidence that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid for “the next two or three years”.
“There has been a lot of talk surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo, that he wanted to go,” Zidane said. “I only believe in one thing – whenever I’ve spoken to him, he has been very relaxed.
“He’s on holiday and he will be back with us on the fifth (of August). I listen, just like everyone else, but the only thing I’m concerned with is what he wants to do with Real Madrid.
“He’ll be here with us on the fifth and I think he’ll stay for the next two or three years he’s got left with us.”
The former France international admits that managing the happiness of Ronaldo and the rest of his teammates has been a challenge during his tenure as Real Madrid boss, but he has to put the needs of the club before any individual.
“It’s not about the happiness of the players. Managing this squad, managing these players, it’s my job,” Zidane said. “I’m going to use all my players because we’re going to play 50, 60, 70 matches at times. I’m going to need all of them.
“In the end, I’m not here to make a certain player happy because you can play someone 50 games and then leave him out for one and he’s pissed.
“The idea is something else because managing this squad, you’re utilizing all of the players. In the end last season, everything went well. We won and the players had confidence in what I’m trying to do and that is the most important.”