Real Madrid coach Zidane snappy over Kepa questions after Athletic Bilbao draw

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The 30-year-old has only scored five times in the Liga this season, and Diario also add that Sergio Ramos has asked Florentino Perez to sell the attacker, whose contribution to the build-up is a lot better than the finishing put on display this season.

"Athletic are a team that do not deserve to be where they are in the table", said Zidane.

According to El Bernabeu, a Real Madrid related website, Bale wants to be that new attacking player, and is ready to bring an end to his time in the Spanish capital to do so.

"I'm not going to talk about the future nor who will come or go". I'm not going to change their opinion. We great players are always criticised.

Zidane said he was not anxious about his team missing chances in their two La Liga games, insisting again that things would be different when the serious Champions League action restarted.

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Speaking about the "BBC" trinity of himself, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Lyon striker joked about about recent criticism, while admitting his relationship with his teammates is more professional than personal.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has suggested his side are well-prepared for their upcoming Champions League semifinal with Bayern Munich despite a series of shaky performances in La Liga, including Wednesday's 1-1 home draw against Atheltic Bilbao. I gave him my word, and that's how we've always been.

Benzema has only scored nine goals this season and hasn't scored from open play since February - a fact he has defended.

"It's been a complicated season in terms of goals for Benzema", Zidane explained in his post-match press conference.