La Liga giants Real Madrid have been suffering since the departure of their highest goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window. CR7 stunned the football world when he opted to move to Italian giants Juventus for a fee of 100 million euros following Real Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League victory last year.

Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, who left the Spanish giants last year, has been reinstated as Real Madrid coach just ten months after he left that position. Following Zidane and Ronaldo’s departure, the results were not kind for the Los Blancos who look certain to go without any major trophies for the first time since 2014/15.

Zidane was asked if his move back to Real Madrid would see CR7’s return to Santiago Bernabeu for the second time. He said: “That isn’t the issue right now,” before adding, “The issue right now is that there are 11 games and we’re going to think about that.”

“You know who Cristiano is, he’s in the history of this club and no-one’s going to change that. He’s been the best, one of the best, but he isn’t an issue for us right now. I’m not thinking about signings, only that I’m very happy to be back. I’m just thinking about the 11 games that we have left,” said the 46-year-old at his official unveiling.

“We’ll have time to look at things with the right people and prepare for next season,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick Tuesday night as Juventus qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.