Zidane confirms Ronaldo stay

Zinedine Zidane has put an end to any lingering speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid this summer.

Media reports had linked the 32-year-old with a move away from the Bernabeu in the midst of allegations regarding his income tax situation in Spain.

"In the end, Cristiano is one of us," Zidane told ESPN.

"He's going to stay with us. And that's it. He's on holiday as of today. He's resting, as he's deserved it. We wait for him to finish his holiday and join us.

"It's not about the happiness of the players. Managing this squad, managing these players, it's my job.

 "I'm going to use all my players because we're going to play 50, 60, 70 matches at times. I'm going to need all of them.

"In the end, I'm not here to make a certain player happy because you can play someone 50 games and then leave him out for one and he's pissed.

"The idea is something else because managing this squad, you're utilizing all of the players. In the end last season, everything went well.

“We won and the players had confidence in what I'm trying to do and that is the most important.”

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