REAL MADRID want to protect “nervous” Zinedine Zidane by limiting his exposure to the press, according to reports in Spain.
The Frenchman, 47, has recently been at odds with the club’s board over their transfer strategy and the treatment of Gareth Bale.
And according to AS, Real Madrid will reduce Zidane’s public appearances because his discomfort and tension cannot be hidden during press conferences anymore.
The Los Blancos legend was forced to speak to the media during International Champions Cup games this summer due to contract obligations.
But he missed both pressers taking place before Audi Cup clashes with Tottenham and Fenerbahce – as well as the one ahead of today’s match against Rome.
Real Madrid chiefs want to avoid any controversy amid growing disagreements over potential signings and departures at the Bernabeu.
Zidane was fuming after club president Florentino Perez called off Gareth Bale’s mega-money move to China last month.
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Perez pulled the plug on the deal despite Frenchman reiterating on numerous occasions he wanted the former Spurs man gone at any cost.
And while he is also insisting on completing a £180million move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, the Real board are looking to sign Danny Van de Beek instead.
Zidane returned to the Bernabeu in March this year, ten months after leaving the club due to an alleged row with Perez over transfers.