Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has provided a shot in the arm for Los Blancos fans by stating that there will be no exits in January, but the European Champions will do everything they can to bolster their squad in the winter transfer window.
Real are currently fourth in the La Liga table with 27 points, seven adrift of leaders Barcelona, 12 games into the campaign. They laboured to a 3-2 win over Malaga this matchweek and Zidane conceded that his team need freshening up in winter if they want to defend their European crown and also battle for a surge up the league table.
Cristiano Ronaldo has struggled to scale his usual heights this season while Gareth Bale has been plagued with injuries. The Welshman has not played a game since suffering a muscle injury during the 3-1 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund on 26 September.
Sergio Ramos also missed the game against Malaga, leaving Zidane with quite a few players who are out of form or on the treatment table. This has made the manager ponder about the amount of transfer activity that needs to be carried out in January, but the Frenchman also confirmed that there will be no exits during the period.
"In the winter market, there will be no exits. But anything can happen in terms of arrivals, we will see," Zidane said after the game, as quoted by Marca.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo got his name back on the scoresheet against Malaga after Real received a penalty when Luka Modric was hauled into the ground inside the box. The former Manchester United star's initial shot was saved by the goalkeeper but the Portuguese made no mistake while putting the rebound in for the winner.
Zidane took positives from the game and revealed that he would be happy if they start the next seven games with the same intensity they showed in this match.
"We started the game well and scored the first goal quickly, which is important," he said. "But everything changed and the second half was very difficult. We're happy with the result even though there were other things that were not as we wanted. We like to play here [at the Santiago Bernabeu]. What we'd like now is to play seven good games in a row."