Zidane: No James farewell

Zinedine Zidane insists James Rodriguez did not bid Real Madrid farewell during Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Sevilla but hints Keylor Navas will remain his No 1.

James appeared to wave goodbye to the Madrid fans after he was substituted, amidst reports he has agreed to join Manchester United this summer, but Zidane felt too much had been read into it.

“Nacho’s goal? These are things that can happen,” the Coach said after the game.

“He took it quickly and I’m glad with what he’s done. It’s usually done by an attacker, but he did it and I’m glad.

“Pressure? It’s not the same seeing it from the inside as it is from the outside. [The season’s] very long and it’s not easy to win the League in Spain, but we’re getting closer with each matchday.

“We have two games left and we’ll try to continue as we are. It was a deserved victory, we started the game very well.

“After that, Keylor was very good and with our changes, we became balanced and had a great second half.

“James’ ‘farewell’? No, James is at Madrid and we have a lot left to do. We’re only thinking about the final stretch. I don’t want to talk about other things.

“We still have the most complicated part of the season to play and we’re going to fight until the last moment. We’ll be very positive and we’re going to give it our all until then.

“Vigo? We’ll face that game in the same way as this one. The good thing is that we’re very much plugged in and very well physically. We’re playing for the League in every game.”

Madrid have been linked with moves for David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois again in recent months, but Keylor was “fundamental like always” against Sevilla, according to Zidane.

“Keylor? He has been and is fundamental, like always,” added the Frenchman.

!The fans? They were spectacular. It was a spectacle because they were always with the team. We appreciate their help. The fans will also be with us away from home.”

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