Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that full-back Danilo is leaving the club to Manchester City.
Danilo becomes the fifth senior squad player to leave Los Blancos this summer, following Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, James Rodriguez, and Alvaro Morata.
They’ve however seen the arrival of 4 younger players in Theo Hernandez, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente and Jesus Vallejo.
“We are always considering the market,” Zidane said. “Danilo is gone now, Alvaro too. I am not saying we lack a forward. [But] we have one less than last season, but we will see how we manage that. We have to see what we can do.
“The players who have left are very good. And some other young players are coming in. But we always try and improve the squad.”
Zidane also spoke on Real Madrid’s interest in AS Monaco’s highly-rated forward, Kylian Mbappe.
“There are always debates, but we are here now with 28 players,” he said. “So that is what I am thinking about. Later anything can happen until the 31st of August. He is a good player, interests many clubs, but for me at the moment I am thinking about my players for tomorrow’s game, and preparing the season.
“Borja [Mayoral] is with us, Cristiano [Ronaldo] will come back, and until Aug. 31 anything can happen.”
The legendary Frenchman is confident of keeping Ronaldo at the club, despite the latter’s wish to leave Spain over tax accusations.
“There has been a lot of talk about Cristiano wanting to leave,” he said. “I just believe what he says himself. He is on holidays, is relaxing. I see everything, listen to everything, but I believe on Aug. 5 he will be with us. When he arrives we will see when he is ready to play, but it will be soon enough.”
Madrid kick off their pre-season in a friendly against Manchester United on Sunday, but Zidane is not going out for a result.
“We are happy to begin our work,” he said. “They have been now 10 days training and the players want to play. So this game comes at a good time for us, it is our first game, [United] have had four or five. All the players are going to get minutes.
“The first game I do not expect too much, I hope nobody gets injured, and we play a good game. The result for me is not so important.”