Luca Zidane: No regrets on Real Madrid exit

Goalkeeper Luca Zidane is adamant he has no regrets on leaving Real Madrid this summer to join Racing Santander on a loan deal.

The French youth international penned a season-long loan arrangement with the Cantabrian club, who are back in the second tier of Spanish football this campaign.

Zidane, son of Madrid boss Zinedine, left Madrid for more first-team playing opportunities but could potentially have found an opening this year had he stayed.

Keylor Navas departed to Paris Saint-Germain and while Andriy Lunin joined Real Valladolid on loan, Alphonse Areola arrived on loan from PSG and has played in the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

“The results are not going as we want, but we are playing well and I am sure they will improve very soon,” Zidane told Diario AS.

“I am very happy to be in this great club because people have received me very well. It has been a big change, but I feel very good. 

“I do not regret having left Real Madrid. I know it was an important step and I wanted to take it because I needed to be in a professional team, to be playing and prove my worth.

“What can happen in a few years remains to be seen. I understand that it is normal to ask me about Real Madrid, but not I'm going to answer.

“I just say that I see the team well and, although the results have not been given in the Champions League, I trust the squad.”

Zidane, 21, has started nine league games of a possible 11 for Racing Santander this season with the club garnering just nine points across that run – leaving them currently in the relegation zone.

However, Racing have three clean sheets from their past six matches.

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