Real Madrid boss Zidane: Barcelona UCL exit doesn't change our season

Tanya Simon
May 14, 2019

Real Madrid, through Zinedine Zidane himself, have communicated to Keylor Navas that the club's first-choice goalkeeper for the 2019-20 season will be Thibaut Courtois, according to reports.

Zinedine Zidane stands on the touchline during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, at Anoeta stadium.

Meanwhile, Real Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil knows the importance of Sunday's fixture as his side look to leapfrog rivals Athletic Bilbao and put themselves in the frame for European qualification next season.

A source told L'Equipe: 'A Neymar or an [Kylian] Mbappe can upon entry be the highest paid player in the squad, but not a Pogba'.

"I speak with all of my players, but these things remain internal".

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The fact of the matter is that ever since Zidane's returned, he's constantly been asked about the future of players who were relegated to the bench under Santiago Solair.

Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett told Sky Sports News in England on Wednesday that the 29-year-old wants to stay. "He has got a contract, he will quite happily see it out until 2022".

But reports suggest that Navas will be the one sacrificed in order to give Luca a chance to show what he is made of, and give him the experience needed to become a major force in Real Madrid for years to come.

Real Madrid are willing to listen to offers for the Wales attacker this summer after he was dropped from the squad for their last two league matches despite being fit and available. On Bale's future, Zidane said: "We have not talked about that and we're not going to talk about that". Zidane had positive words to say about players like Isco and Marcelo.

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