Zidane tells Real Madrid: Ronaldo is GONE. Move on

Silvia Morton
April 16, 2019

"He is playing a very good season, especially in terms of goals".

"Cristiano's situation is one that we can't change, he's gone", the Frenchman said. "We will see what changes we make and which players we will change".

Zinedine Zidane's men enjoyed a lot of the possession in the first half but even with the likes of Luka Modric, Isco and Marco Asensio, they struggled to carve out clear-cut openings. "Even if this might have been a bad season, we must all give a bit more".

The deadlock was broken on the stroke of halftime, but it was Leganes who went ahead as Braithwaite turned provider to pick out Jonathan Silva, who fired past Keylor Navas from the edge of the box.

But Karim Benzema levelled at the second attempt, scoring the rebound after Ivan Cuellar had palmed his shot.

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Youssef En-Nesyri thought he had clinched a famous win for Leganes late on, but the offside flag sparred Madrid's blushes in what was a frustrating outing for the visitors.

Asked if Benzema annoyed by persistent talk that the Bernabeu hierarchy would sign a new striker this summer, Zidane said: "I don't know - you'd have to ask him about that". "But he has shown his personality and that's it".

Toni Kroos will not be leaving Real Madrid any time soon after he took to Twitter to call out rumours surrounding a summer exit. "He has played three of the last four games, I think".

Substitute En-Nesyri was rightly flagged offside as Leganes pushed for a victor, with Cuellar on top form at the other end to deny Marcelo and ensure a well-deserved point against their illustrious city rivals. Playing 10 or 15 minutes is hard for those who come into the game, it was the same with Lucas [Vazquez]. Today I wanted to make a change and that's it.

Information from Reuters and ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan was used in this report.

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