Zinedine Zidane spoke in press conference before the game in La Liga against Sporting Gijón. James Rodríguez situation was the key topic with the journalist because the Colombian playmaker is not enjoying a lot of minutes and there some rumours that he might leave in the winter transfer window.
The French coach wanted to give a piece of advice to the Colombian player: “We open the door to everybody and he’s ready to play, like everybody else. It’s not true that he never plays. If I were James, I’d stay”, Zidane said in front of the media.
Against Sporting Gijón, Varane won’t be available as well. The French defender joins Gareth Bale, who suffered a serious injury in Lisbon: “It’s hard with the injury players. We’re doing great, but it bothers when there are people out, like Gareth, who is going to be out for a long time. The game against Sporting it’s going to be very complicated”.
The French coach is not confident about the game against Sporting despite the Asturias team is in the bottom three: “It’s a complicated game after the last two tough games. We were all tired after these two games and we are going to need some energy tomorrow, but we have recovered a bit. Sporting game is going to be more complicated that what people think”.
Zidane explained also why Varane is ruled out for the game: “We can’t control that. We have to keep going what we are doing. Varane has pain in his knee so we are not going to risk with him”. This means that Nacho and Ramos will be the full backs against Sporting. If the captain sees a yellow card, Ramos will miss El Clásico.
At least, Real Madrid supporters can have some good news because Casemiro and Pepe are back: “They are with us. They’re fine, recovered”, Zidane confirmed in press conference.
The other player who should be in the starting eleven is Karim Benzema: “He has always to pass an exam. Everybody has to do it, but perhaps him more than any other. I don’t know how many years he’s been here, how many goals he has scored and he has always to show it. But this is his daily routine. I told him he has to continue and do the things for him and for the team. After, there will be critics and we won’t change that”.