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Ginola convinced Zidane will stay and is the best manager for Ronaldo

Date Posted,June 2, 2017

David Ginola is convinced his former team-mate Zinedine Zidane will sign a new contract with Real Madrid and says he is the ideal man to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zidane’s future continues to dominate headlines in Spain as he has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, despite steering his side to the La Liga title.

The French legend has wasted no time stamping his authority on the squad and despite the big egos in the Madrid dressing room, has managed to get the best out of all the big superstars.

Ronaldo in particular is enjoying one of his best ever seasons after netting his 400th goal for the club and Ginola feels much of that success is down to the influence Zidane has over him.

Zinedine Zidane celebrates with his players after winning La Liga title (Photo: Getty)
David Ginola in action for France alongside Zinedine Zidane (Photo: Onze-Mondial)

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon having his best Champions League campaign for over a decade

Zidane will create history if Real Madrid manage to win the Champions League for the second consecutive season and the former Spurs and Newcastle winger has no doubts that he will pledge his long-term future to the club.

Ginola said: “Without any doubt Zidane is going to stay at the club. The whole picture about Real Madrid is so positive and it would be a major disappointment if he doesn’t stay.

“When you are winning your domestic league and getting to the Champions League Final, you don’t feel the chairman is going to say ‘we are going to get rid of him’. How do you explain that to the fans?

“Zidane has got the respect from the players which is the most important thing as a manager when you have made the switch from a player. He has got that from everyone including the top players.

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“You can see the team is improving and you don’t teach Ronaldo to how play the game. But it is the way he motivates him every day in training – that is the key factor.

“Zidane is the best solution for Real Madrid right now to boost the entire team and bring more trophies. They have already won La Liga and to win the Champions League twice in a row would be a great achievement.

“To do that in your first year in charge is something incredible. To win twice in a year which has never been done before – what can you say about that.

“When you see the battle with Barcelona, Zidane is helping them lift trophies and that is not easy.

David Ginola enjoyed a memorable career at Tottenham (Photo: Getty Images)

“The manager has done an amazing job to stay on top of things and I have to say well done to him.”

Despite his admiration for the job Zidane has done at Real Madrid, Ginola feels he could be in for a miserable night in Cardiff on Saturday night.

The Spanish giants are the favourites to win the big final when they face Juventus, but Ginola has a feeling that the Serie A champions could win their first Champions League trophy since 1996.

Ginola added: “Everyone might expect Real Madrid to make it two in a row but I have been impressed with Juventus and feel they have the best defence in the world at the moment.

David Ginola feels Zinedine Zidane is getting the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo: Getty)

“If I had to choose a winner I would go for Juventus. Even though players like Ronaldo and Gareth Bale can destroy you, we saw during the European Championships with teams like Italy that having a strong defence can make a big difference.

“Juventus have a real chance to win the game against Real Madrid. It could be fitting for Gianluigi Buffon to finally win the Champions League and he could end his career on a high. He has spent some beautiful years in the game but now is the perfect time for him to say goodbye to everyone.

“I think he could carry on because he is a very professional player but when you have won so many trophies, winning on a high like that could be the fitting way to go out.

David Ginola feels this could be the perfect way for Gianluigi Buffon to end his career (Photo: Getty)

“Ronaldo is the one who can make the difference by himself. But when you are coming up against defence like Juventus they are winning games for their team because they have so much quality at the back and always come out on top.

“I thought Monaco would be strong enough to win the semi-final with a good attacking side but Juventus came out on top.

“It would be great to see Real Madrid make it two in a row for the first time but Italian clubs have been struggling for a number of years, to see Juventus win the trophy will lift the entire league in Italy.”

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