Kroos Rules Out Move Away From Real Madrid After Dismissing Rumours

Kroos Rules Out Move Away From Real Madrid After Dismissing Rumours

Real Madrid took the Monday night slot reserved for La Liga's lower teams and never really looked out of place as Karim Benzema's goal was enough only for a 1-1 draw away to Leganes.

Benzema has been, by a distance, Madrid's most consistent player this season and he showed again why Zidane has already said the striker will stay. "He's not a pure nine because he can do a lot of things".

Madrid delivered another thoroughly underwhelming performance at Butarque to remain 13 points adrift of Barcelona, with Zinedine Zidane's second reign as coach now delivering three wins, one defeat and a draw.

Vinicius is yet to make an appearance under Zidane since the Frenchman's return to the club, but the teenage star has spent some time with the 1998 World Cup victor, and explained briefly why Zidane can make a player nervous.

"Cristiano's situation is one that we can't change, he's gone. Better not to risk him".

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The Spanish newspaper's reporter went on to say that the former Bayern Munich star's departure from the club would allow Los Blancos to free up their wages - that's not to mention the transfer fee they would pocket for him.

Vinicius has made 28 appearances across all competitions for Real's senior side so far this season, finding the back of the net on three occasions and registering 12 assists along the way.

Zidane would not be drawn on Bale's long-term future either, though, only saying he is expected to play an important role in the closing weeks of a season that is petering out for Madrid.

Squad. "The players don't know what will happen, I haven't spoken to them, there's time for that".