Zinedine Zidane says the transfer ban imposed by FIFA is a “little absurd” and expects the problem to be resolved next week.
Zidane hits out at Real Madrid transfer ban
SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (JANUARY 16, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE AT TRAINING
2. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE SAYING:
“It is a little absurd but I think next week everything is going to be solved. I’m calmed.”
3. CRISTIANO RONALDO TRAINING
STORY: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is happy with his squad and the club has not discussed possible reinforcements despite FIFA’s decision to ban them from the next two transfer windows, he said on Saturday (January 16).
FIFA announced on Thursday it had banned Real and neighbours Atletico Madrid from registering players for the next two windows for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish Under-18 players. Both clubs denied wrongdoing and said they would appeal.
The list of players included at least one of Zidane’s four sons Enzo, Luca, Theo and Elyaz, who play for various Real youth teams, although the club have not confirmed which of them were singled out by FIFA.
The sanction means the clubs will not be able to register new signings until July 2017 once the present transfer window closes at the end of the month.
They may be able to get the ban suspended pending the outcome of their appeal as Barcelona did when they were handed a similar punishment in 2014.
“It is a little absurd but I think next week everything is going to be solved. I’m calmed,” he said.
However, Barca’s ban was not announced during a transfer window, meaning they were unable to make quick adjustments to their squad as Real and Atletico can over the next two and a half weeks.
Real, with new coach Zidane just over a week into the job, are unlikely to offload players but could use their considerable financial muscle to bolster their ranks.