Zinedine Zidane believes it would be 'absurd' if Real Madrid are banned from UEFA Champions League next season, amid talks Los Blancos could be punished for their involvement in the European Super League project.
Real Madrid were one of the 12 European clubs who signed up for the Super League, which was announced earlier this month and was met with intense criticism from fans, players, managers and pundits alike. Following unprecedented backlash, most of its founding members pulled out of the breakaway league and it now appears dead in the water.
The La Liga giants, though, have yet to withdraw from the failed project, and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned the clubs still committed to the Super League that they will be banned from the Champions League if they continue to maintain they are ESL clubs.
Zidane, though, believes it would be ridiculous if Madrid are banned from the competition, which they have won a record 13 times. "It's absurd to think that we won't be in the Champions League [next season]," the Real Madrid manager said, as quoted by Marca, ahead of the club's clash with Chelsea. "There is a lot of talk from the outside. There is going to be a lot of talk, but as we don't control it, I'm just focusing on the game.
"But my opinion is that we all want to see Madrid in the Champions League."