Zidane: Real Madrid don't need to sign new players
I don't think it is necessary to reinforce the squad, says Zidane
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says he won't be buying any players between now and the end of the January transfer window.
The Santiago Bernabeu side sit four points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid and two behind Barcelona – who have a game in hand – at the top of La Liga.
The two Madrid clubs have also been handed a transfer ban by Fifa for breaking rules in relation to signing youth players. The suspension will stop them from making signings for the next two full windows, unless they are successful with an appeal, but Zidane remains content with his squad.
"No, I don't think it is necessary to reinforce the squad," he said at his pre-match media conference ahead of Sunday's game at Real Betis.
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“Yes [rumours] they annoy me. I’m interested in what we do here and he [James] is very involved, very committed. I don't believe what is being said about him. "Nacho is not leaving. He is young, the future of the team, he trained well with total normality and nothing more. He won't leave.
"There are not three good centre backs, there are four - Nacho also counts. It's better to have four like them than four that are less strong. I prefer to choose between these four and that is my responsibility, each week will be different.
"We have 26 players. Every week there are 18 players called and a starting 11. We will need everyone for sure."