Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says that the club have no regrets about failing to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in January.
Los Blancos were heavily linked with the 23-year-old shot stopper, but saw him reject Real’s advances and sign a new seven-year contract in Bilbao.
Zidane was reminded of his failure to sign the Spain international on Wednesday as Kepa kept Madrid at bay for much of their La Liga clash, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to score a fortunate equaliser three minutes from time.
Real Madrid found it difficult to cancel out Inaki s’s opener, with Kepa producing a large number of saves to deny the hosts again and again.
Kepa’s excellent performance for Athletic came exactly a week after an error from Keylor Navas almost knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League, only for Ronaldo to save them once again with a stoppage time penalty against Juventus.
Despite Navas’s inconsistent performances for Los Blancos, Zidane does not regret missing out on the signature of the young goalkeeper.
“For me there is no such thing, I made that decision, period, because I do not make changes in the middle of the season, Kepa is a good goalkeeper,” Zidane said.
“He was very good but the defence was good too and you know I do not speak of the future. I only think about the [Champions League] semi-finals.”
The point was enough to mathematically keep Real Madrid in the title race, but they find themselves 15 points behind leaders Barcelona with just five games remaining in the 2017-18 La Liga season Atletico Madrid are currently three points ahead of their local rivals, and have a game in hand over Real.