Zinedine Zidane evades question about his future at Santiago Bernabeu

Santiago Bernabeu manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to recommit his future to Real Madrid ahead of their decisive Champions League semi-final crunch with rivals Atlectico Madrid.

Zidane’s contract with the Spanish outlet comes to an end in June and words have been going round as to whether he will stay on in the club for yet another season despite leading his side to the edge of another Champions League final.

Reports in Spain have claimed that a contract extension for the French tactician would only be for the sake of formality regardless of whether he is able to lead the team to win major silverware this season.

Zidane was once again asked about his future with the club in the preparation for the forthcoming derby, but he refused to drawn into the matter and instead said the subject does not catch his interest.

Zidane said: “The only thing I’m thinking about and concentrating on is (Tuesday’s) match. I’m not even thinking about Saturday’s match.

“I don’t know what will happen later on and it doesn’t interest me.”

Despite wreaking havoc on Atlectico Madrid in two major finals in the past three years, Zidane insists that his side are most likely to come off the game defeated.

Zidane added: “It means nothing that we’ve beaten them in this competition.

“We are not the favourites as this is a semi-final and it’s 50-50. You can’t dwell on what’s gone before as what has happened, has happened.

“They have caused us difficulties, but so have many teams. Their strength is that they never give up, no matter what happens.

“I’m not thinking about Cardiff (the venue for the final) either. We have to win tomorrow’s game. We have prepared well and we are ready.

“Everyone is pumped up and we’re ready for the run-in. I wish the game would start now.”

Gareth Bale has been declared unfit for the game due to a calf injury and is Isco is probably the one to play in his place and Zidane confirmed that Raphael Varane will be making an appearance for the side.

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