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Zidane: "The rumours bother me; I want to be here forever"

The Real Madrid manager spoke to the press ahead of the Champions League clash against Galatasaray, and tried to play down its importance.

Zidane: "The rumours bother me; I want to be here forever"
JESUS ALVAREZ ORIHUELA DIARIO AS

Two days after the debacle in Mallorca, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane appeared again in front of the press to discuss the very important Champions League match on Tuesday against Galatasaray. Los Blancos are arguably playing to remain in this season's competition after a disappointing start, where they were defeated by PSG and drew at home to Club Brugge. Here are the highlights of the conference.

Tomorrow is a decisive match. Will Madrid respond?

"Yes! I have to say yes and that is what we want.

"We all know the situation. We started badly in the Champions League but tomorrow we have a chance to change that. Whatever happens tomorrow there will be several games left. As for the criticism and the talk of changing the coach, that will never stop."

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane during the press conference.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane during the press conference.

Ramos has made a strong defence of you. Does tomorrow feel like a cup final?

"Yes, but it's always like that. I've been here [at Real Madrid] for 18 years. The same thing happened to me as a player. I know where we are and the pressure that comes with that.

"Of course the rumours bother me. We want to start getting the three points as of tomorrow. I will be positive and will do my best."

And on continuing with Real Madrid...

"The question about me staying here is for someone else. I want to be here forever.

"We're Real Madrid and we can't afford to allow things to go wrong for even just a minute. We're ready and will have a big game tomorrow."