Zinedine Zidane has refused to completely rule out a return to Real Madrid for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Spanish giants reappointed Zidane as head coach on Monday until June 2022 after bringing Santiago Solari’s time at the helm to an end.
Frenchman Zidane stepped down at the end of last season after guiding Real to three consecutive Champions League titles and was replaced by Julen Lopetegui.
Along with Zidane’s departure, the sale of former Manchester United forward Ronaldo to Juventus for £88million was seen to be a key reason for Real’s disappointing campaign.
Reports suggest President Florentino Perez will provide Zidane full control over transfers this summer with the new boss cheekily asked whether he might consider bringing Ronaldo back to the Bernabeu.
“That is not today’s issue,” Zidane said. “We have 11 games to play, then we will see for next year.
“We all know Cristiano, one of the best players in this club’s history.
“But today is not for talking about these things. I am not thinking yet about that.
“The most important thing is to be back at the club, and I am just thinking now about these [last] 11 games [of the season].
“We will have time to look at the rest, with the appropriate people, then we will plan for next season.”
Ronaldo, though, has said he is happy in Turin. He told Juventus TV: “I have no secrets, just my dedication and my passion for this sport, I love to play football more than anything else.
“I’ve enjoyed myself in Portugal, England and Spain and I am now doing so in Italy.
“For me, it’s a pleasure to score goals and to help my team win. I’m happy.”