Zidane rules out January arrivals
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he doesn't want any January arrivals despite his side having 'no room for error left this season'.
Zidane believes Real can get their season back on track without any new signings and insisted he would prefer to do his business in the summer transfer market.
The La Liga champions fell 14 points behind Barcelona in the title race following their 3-0 El Clasico defeat at the Bernabeu before the winter break.
In Europe, two-time defending champions Real Madrid face big-spending Paris St-Germain in the last-16 of the Champions League next month, prompting speculation in the Spanish press that Zidane might be tempted to bring in some January reinforcements.
I do not want anyone as I am happy with my squad.Zinedine Zidane
That is not part of his plan, insists the French coach.
"As we all know, until 31st January, someone can come in – this is the market – but I do not want anyone as I am happy with my squad," Zidane said.
"I remember last year there were no problems like this, as Madrid was doing well, playing well, but when a team is going a bit bad, as can happen sometimes, there is talk of transfers but I am not that type of coach."
Real are 11/2 to win a third successive Champions League this season while they are 1/2 to reopen their domestic campaign with a win at Celta Vigo on Sunday evening.
With PSG looming and a big gap to bridge in the league, Zidane admits they cannot afford any more mistakes.
"We are still in three competitions and will give our best until the end of the season," he added.
"We must hit our level now and show what we can do. We are very motivated. We have no room for error left this season, but we are very excited about that."
Real Madrid are 2/5 to eliminate Paris St-Germain in their Champions League last-16 tie.
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