Zinedine Zidane says he held talks with club president Florentino Perez regarding the possibility of making new signings in the January transfer window, although he does not want any players to depart.
Zidane told the pregame news conference ahead of Thursday’s Copa del Rey round-of-32 first leg at second division Numancia that he was currently happy with his squad, but added that anything could happen before the transfer window closes on Jan. 31.
“Kepa is not a Real Madrid player,” Zidane said. “I think only about my players. With the president, we talked about everything, and maybe about reinforcements. As of today there will be no signings, but anything can happen until [Jan.] 31.
“Maybe somebody comes, anything can happen, but I do not want any player to leave this squad. A coach always at the start of the season puts his squad together, and I am happy with it, whatever happens.
“The defeat in the Clasico hurt, but Madrid never gives up, and we will not give up. We will fight until the end of May for everything we are facing, for sure.”
“After the Clasico [Benzema] felt something — we do not know exactly what,” Zidane added. “There was talk that he had something before the game. That is lies for me. I trust in the player, nothing else, he did not get injured on holidays, he was injured before he left.
“He felt something during the game. We do not give much importance in the moment. We felt it was not so big, but after the holidays we realised, after the scans, that it was more important.”