Zinedine Zidane: "Vinicius Jr represents the future of Real Madrid"

The coach wanted to squash rumours that he didn't believe in Vinicius and also confirmed Eden Hazard was available this weekend

Zidane, feliz por el regreso de Hazard
Zidane, feliz por el regreso de Hazard | AFP

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane believes Eden Hazard is ready to make his official debut for the club. Zidane also asked for calm when looking at a heavy fixture list coming up and insists he has faith in Vinicius Junior.


"We need to be calm," Zidane said when asked if Hazard would start against Levante. "He's been injured for three weeks and has got a week's worth of full training under his belt. We're all desperate to see him in action but we've got seven matches in the next 21 days. There's a lot of expectation. He's ready and it'll be me who decides how many minutes he plays. We need him for the whole season and not just against Levante."

Zidane was also asked whether Vinicius' poor form this season and whether the coach had lost faith in the youngster.

"Isn't he the same player? Why wouldn't I trust him? He's got the coach's full support but I have 23 players and I need to use all of them. Vinicius is 18 years old and is the future of Real Madrid, I'm sure. But everything comes in its own time. He's in the process of doing things the right way but I am counting on him. Sometimes he won't play because another person does. I completely back Vinicius. Stop saying anything to the contrary. He's a good player."



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