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Upbeat Zidane defends Real's lack of transfer business

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended the club’s decision not to sign anyone in January, saying he has “blind trust” in his squad as they attempt to claw back a 19-point deficit to Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

The Spanish and European champions were linked by Spanish media with a move for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during the winter window.

Zidane, however, said throughout January that he did not want any more signings as he had confidence in the group of players that became the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles last season.

There was pressure on Real to enter the transfer market given their domestic slump.

On top of their woeful league form, they were eliminated from the King’s Cup at the hands of Leganes and face the daunting prospect of facing in form Paris St Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Zidane's long-term future could hinge on European success, but the Frenchman says he is focussed on the immediate tasks at hand.

He went as far as to suggest his side are still in the title race as they prepare to visit Levante on Saturday.

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