Zidane issues ‘BBC’ warning

New Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has warned the 'BBC' that "you can't have two or three players who don't defend".

Speaking at his first Press conference on Friday ahead of Deportivo La Coruna a day later, the Frenchman made it clear Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo would no longer be entitled to free roles in attack.

“[Ronaldo] is more than non-transferable,” he began.

“He is the soul of this team and won't be going anywhere while I'm in charge.

“I've seen a focused team, who want to put things right.

“Our three training sessions have been very good, and this is the line I want the team to follow.

“I won't reveal [my team], apart from that three will play up top.

“[James Rodriguez and Isco] are important and very good players, and I've given them my affection and faith.

“My work is to talk to them and remind them the most important thing is the team, that one of them playing and the other not playing is bound to happen.

“Still, the most important thing is for them to remember that the team comes first. That was my experience as a player.

“[Raymond Domenech] is entitled to his opinion. He knows what I think of him and I won't comment further.

“The most important thing is to concentrate on the game at hand.

“[Depor] will come [to the Bernabeu] to play a good game.

“We know their quality, but the most important thing is what we do, so I'm concentrating on that.

“We're not thinking about buying or selling anyone. I have a large squad and I'm satisfied with it.

“We'll work hard [in training] until February because we only have one game a week.

“In that time, the team will adapt to my concepts and improve physically.

“It becomes more difficult when there are two games a week.

“When we don't have the ball, everyone will work hard. You can't have two or three players who don't defend.”

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