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Zinedine Zidane: 'Disrespectful to talk about summer clearout'

Zidane: 'Disrespectful to talk about clearout'
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Summer signing Thibaut Courtois is yet to start since Zidane's return.

Zinedine Zidane refused to be drawn on his plans for an overhaul of the Real Madrid squad but admits there will be no doubt over the goalkeeping situation next season.

On his return to the Bernabeu, Zidane restored his previous number one Keylor Navas to the side, immediately leading to questions about £35million summer signing Thibaut Courtois.

With Courtois injured, the Real coach handed his son Luca Zidane a start for Sunday's 3-2 win over Huesca.

"It depends on the goalkeepers that will be here next year," said Zidane ahead of the trip to Valencia.

"At the moment there are three good goalkeepers and we are going to finish the season with them. We will see what we will do next year.

"There will be no debate. We're not going to have the issue of goalkeepers next year, it's going to be very clear."

Zidane was not so forthcoming on his rebuilding plans for a squad which could start Wednesday's match 15 points behind Barcelona and are already out of the Champions League after winning the competition three times in succession.

"A lot is being said about next year. There is no need to talk about these things," he added, according to Real's website.

"You have to respect the players who are here and have done a lot.  Talking about an overhaul shows a lack of respect.

"We're going to have to make changes but it's not the time to talk about this. There will be time to talk."

Real's objective in LaLiga is to catch city rivals Atletico, who went into the midweek round of matches just two points ahead in second place.

"We are going to fight to stay as high as possible," said Zidane.

"We have to do it well, regardless of the rest of the teams. We want to finish the season well, as high as possible."

Hosts Valencia's target is catching fourth-place Getafe, who are three points ahead.

After a wretched start to the campaign which brought just one win and 10 draws in 13 matches, Valencia are currently on a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions stretching back to January.

Midfielder Carlos Soler told valenciacf.com: "We have a very good dynamic and we are closer to the objective.

"It seems incredible after an irregular season start to see the current situation.

"There are many games without losing, we concede few goals, and now we have to think about Wednesday's game at the Mestalla."

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2Real Madrid27168349193056
3Sevilla27138639291047
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
5Getafe27137737251246
6Atletico MadridAtletico271112431211045
7Valencia2711973839-142
8Villarreal27115114438638
9Granada27115113332138
10Athletic Bilbao2791082923637
11Osasuna2781093438-434
12Real Betis2789103843-533
13Levante27103143240-833
14AlavesAlaves2788112937-832
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16EibarEibar2776142741-1427
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226
18Mallorca2774162844-1625
19Leganes2758142139-1823
20Espanyol2748152346-2320

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