Zinedine Zidane said he was “tired” of having to deal with questions about Erling Haaland and other potential Real Madrid transfer targets after the striker’s father and agent met with the club on Thursday to discuss a possible deal .
Alf-Inge Haaland and Mino Raiola held talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid later that day on Thursday morning. According to sources, ESPN was a “friendly” two-hour meeting to find out each party’s intentions for that summer.
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“I’m tired of saying the same thing but everything that happens outside – and besides, he’s not my player – I’m not going to say whether it’s good or bad, I won’t go into it,” Zidane said as he said Asked about Haaland at a press conference on Friday ahead of Madrid’s La Liga game against Eibar.
“What interests me is thinking about tomorrow’s game. I’m sick of saying it, but if you or your colleagues ask me about other players again, I’ll say the same thing, so maybe save the question and ask one good football question.
“I don’t know the rest of what will happen next year. Everyone does what they want [at Real Madrid]. I do not interfere. My job is to prepare my players well for tomorrow’s game. “
Madrid have relied too heavily on Karim Benzema for goalscoring this season and no other player on their squad has reached double digits.
The 20-year-old Haaland has scored 49 goals in 49 games for Borussia Dortmund since moving in January 2020.
A release clause in his contract won’t come into effect until 2022, and ESPN has reported that Dortmund would accept 180 million euros this summer.
Zinedine Zidane said his focus is on the players he has this season. Photo by Angel Martinez / Getty Images
Sources told ESPN that Madrid felt they would have an advantage over Barca if, given their relationship with Dortmund and healthier finances, they opted for a bidding war for the Norwegian international, despite the club still having a number of players to sell. to fund every deal.
Madrid host Eibar on Saturday – and face Liverpool and Barcelona next week – without captain Sergio Ramos, who sustained a calf injury while playing internationally with Spain.
“Nobody is to blame here, not the national team,” said Zidane. “This is football. Unfortunately, things happen – it’s happened to us – and to every team – a lot happened this year … I think he was fine to leave with the national team. I think it was a normal process.
“We’re always in contact with the national team. Unfortunately the injury could not be avoided … But if you look at all the injuries we’ve had, it’s true that there are too many.”
Ramos had just returned to the team after undergoing knee meniscus surgery in February.
Eden Hazard also returned to training on Friday after his last injury setback despite Zidane insisting “we have no plan” as to when the Belgian striker would be eligible.