Zidane begins new Madrid era by dropping ‘keeper Courtois

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Since Mourinho left Manchester United in December 2018, he has been linked with a return to Real Madrid with reports saying he could be appointed this summer.

"The past is the past, the group is working well".

"We want to think positively and defeat Celta tomorrow, I do not want to think about anything else, but the players are keen to show what they are worth".

"Zidane has spoken to each one of individually and now we need to be professionals and work hard".

Previous managers this season, Julen Lopetegui and Santi Solari, had tried to begin the process of rejuvenating the squad, benching players who have formed a key part of Madrid's core in recent years, most notably Marcelo, Isco and Gareth Bale.

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The Frenchman led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before surprising the football world by handing in his resignation.

Zidane's big decision came in goal, where he opted for Keylor Navas over Thibaut Courtois.

But Zidane says: "I'm happy with his performance".

In fact, there were just three changes from the starting XI which beat Liverpool in last season's Champions League final, compared to five from last Sunday's win over Real Valladolid, which proved to be Santiago Solari's last game in charge.

"We did not start the game well, that is normal". We have to stay focused on competing and not thinking about who is playing or who isn't. "That gives us chances to score goals, and we did".

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