LaLiga: Zidane admits his Real Madrid contract 'means nothing' as pressure increases

LaLiga: Zidane admits his Real Madrid contract 'means nothing' as pressure increases

And with Madrid a huge 16 points adrift of Barcelona in LaLiga, having been held at Celta Vigo on Sunday and after last month's 3-0 thumping at home to their Clásico rivals, Zidane acknowledged his position has weakened.

La Liga giants Real Madrid are reportedly seriously considering a move Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling.

Real Madrid are still without captain Sergio Ramos, who has suffered a setback in his recovery from a calf injury, per Reuters.

Real president Florentino Perez is looking to overhaul his squad after a season of disappointment so far, with boss Zineddine Zidane also being tipped to leave at the end of the season.

Madrid has been under increased pressure since it lost to Barcelona 3-0 at home in its last game of 2017.

"You can analyze it any way you want it, saying it is a crisis or whatever, but we are here to find solutions", said.

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Madrid is in the knockout stages of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, but it already trails Barcelona by 16 points with a game in hand near the halfway point of the Spanish league.

"It's signed", Zidane told reporters in the post-match press conference after Real Madrid played out a 2-2 draw with Numancia, securing their spot in the semifinals with an aggregate score of 5-2. It has never been able to overcome this big of a gap and win La Liga.

Chelsea goalkeeper and former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Courtois, 25, has also emerged as a target for Zinedine Zidane's men.

Zidane's Madrid welcome sixth-placed Villarreal to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

So too has Real's form, and unless Zidane can whip his team into shape again, his time in charge could prove to be as short as it was successful. "I know how it goes, nothing more, even with this contract it does not change anything", he said. "I think there are always up and downs throughout the season and I hope Real Madrid continue to fight for the goals they have this season". We saw it as very hard to do, and he has achieved it.

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