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Zidane: Keylor is number one, when he doesn't play it's not because I doubt him

The French manager was tight-lipped about possible Theo Hernandez interest but said that Keylor Navas is the first choice Real Madrid goalkeeper.

01/04/17 REAL MADRID

Ahead of Real Madrid's game against Leganés on Wednesday night, Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media and assured everybody in attendance that there is no controversy regarding the goalkeeping situation. 

He also spoke about a report earlier today suggesting Real Madrid would go all in and pay Theo Hernandez' release clause. "Theo is a fine player. There is no doubt about that and that's all there is to say. I am happy with the players I have and other than that, I can't give an opinion or say anything."

Zidane says Isco, who scored an important goal to put los Blancos 2-0 up against Alavés at the weekend, is "doing phenomenal" along with Gareth Bale, who he sees as being "content, like everybody". Aside from Varane's injury, Zidane says his side are "doing well on the injury front".

Keylor Navas and Marcelo having a chat during training for Real Madrid.
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Keylor Navas and Marcelo having a chat during training for Real Madrid.Víctor LerenaEFE

James, who did not feature at the weekend, is another player who has could be on his way out of Real Madrid but Zidane also assured that "I want James to continue here next season".

Navas is number one

"We will see tomorrow if he plays," Zidane says regarding Keylor Navas. He also assured that "he is the number one goalkeeper" and that the only reason he might rest Navas is to give Kiko Casilla the chance to play and not because he doubts the Costa Rican.

One player who has been the subject of some intrigue is Luka Modric as he hasn't played as well as many have become accustomed to. "Maybe he lost the ball two or three times in the last game, but you can't say that he didn't play well. You can't always play well. I am happy with what he does on the field, but to always be good is impossible."


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