Zinedine Zidane Insists Real Madrid Have No Intention of Selling 'BB' Duo This Summer

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that out of favour pair Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale will not be sold this summer – despite various reports linking both players with a route out of their Bernabeu hell.

Both Bale and Benzema have struggled under Zidane since he took the reins of the first team. Bale, though injury has hindered the Welshman, has received an underwhelming amount of game time over the last few years. On the other hand, Benzema’s form has taken a sharp dip over the last year or so, and his manager looks to be losing faith in his compatriot.

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However, the Madrid boss has moved to quash rumours of any departures, discussing their futures in a press conference at the weekend.

​“We need them and I’ll do everything possible so that they’re not affected by what’s been said outside. They’ll stay with us,” began Zidane, per the Daily Star“I know all our players want to play, but it isn’t possible.

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“The message is for everyone, not just Bale and Benzema, that we’re sticking together because there’s a month left of the season and we have it all to do.

“If any player isn’t 100 percent, he won’t be in the squad. Double or the Champions League? Everything has value, I can’t choose one or the other, but what we can win is the Champions League and we’re going to give everything for it.”

Madrid, having lost La Liga to Barcelona, turn their attention to Tuesday night, Los Blancos host German champions Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final second leg. Madrid come into the game with a 2-1 lead.

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What is your perfect career in football?

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Like a young Pep Guardiola, your passion for coaching and teaching others to improve shows you have the mind-set, skills and drive to make it as a Football Coach. All the greatest players have an even greater coach behind them!

Disability Support Manager

Your drive to support other members of the community sets you apart and shows you have the selfless characteristic to excel as a Disability Support Manager!

Journalist

Your thirst to travel the world in order to be at the forefront of the debate, along with your sharp eye for a story makes you a natural football journalist. You can’t wait to get out there and find the best action on and off the pitch!

Statistician

You know that numbers are just as exciting as goals, and your natural gift for the more analytical side of the game makes you a strong contender to go all the way to the Premier League as one of the industry’s most gifted statisticians.

TV Presenter

You know the name of every player, can talk faster than thought humanly possible, and your enthusiasm never falters – even when the game’s gone 10 minutes into extra time. Like the Premier League’s young and talented Kelly Somers, you’ve got the gift of the gab to excel in a career as a TV presenter!

Agent

You love to be at the heart of the business side of the game, which could give you a real edge in a role such as a player’s agent, negotiating deals for clients!

Professional Player

Your passion for playing the sport means you belong on the field, competing with the 1% of players who make it to the very top of the game!

Accountant

You have a natural talent working with numbers, and an unstoppable passion for the beautiful game. Time to bring the two together to pursue your perfect career!

Pundit

You control the conversation, always offer a unique insight, and are never afraid to express your opinion in high pressured debates. This puts you in a very strong position to pursue a career in the limelight as a football pundit!

Photographer

You would travel to every corner of the globe to capture the action first hand, sharing your own unique perspective of the beautiful game, to create ever lasting memories for your passionate audience.

Physio

Feeling a responsibility to help others, while also wanting to be at the centre of the action, means a role such as physio could be the perfect role for you!

Groundsman

You see the pitch and everything about the stadium as a thing of beauty, and with a passion for working outside you would suit the life of a Club Groundsman!

Where is your ideal workspace?

What would you prefer?

What interests you more?

What’s your favourite subject in school?

What would you prefer to wear at work?

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