- Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for COVID-19
- The French manager will now miss his side's La Liga game against Deportivo Alaves
- Los Blancos were recently dumped out of the Copa Del Rey tournament by lowly division B team Alcoyano
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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for coronavirus barely 48 hours after his side was dumped out of the Copa Del Rey championship at the rounds of 32 stage.
This means that the underfire French manager will not be available when Los Blancos take on Deportivo Alaves away from home on Saturday, January 23.
The Galacticos are currently trailing their log leaders Atletico Madrid with seven points after 18 rounds of matches. They confirmed the development on their official website saying:
"Real Madrid CF announces that our coach Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for COVID-19."
The 1998 FIFA World Cup winner is under immense pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu owing to their poor results recently.
He watched the Spanish League defending champions knocked out of the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday, January 20 by lowly second division side Alcoyano.
There are claims that Zidane might be shown the exit doors if their poor run of results continues while former Juventus boss Max Allegri is tipped to be his successor.
After their disappointing defeat earlier this week, Zidane admits his side is struggling as reported by SunSport, saying:
"We'll have to see what will happen in the next few days. It's a tough time, we're out. We had to do more, but we didn't. But we have tried.
"Things are said when we lose. I'm calm, I think the players wanted to win when they were on the pitch. We tried.
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"We've done good things this season, but not recently. You have to ask the players if they are getting the message, but I think they are."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Martin Odegaard is set to become the third Real Madrid player to Premier League club as the Danish midfielder is close to sealing a loan deal to Arsenal, Sport Bible.
The 22-year-old has managed to be in Zinedine Zidane's starting XI in five matches after returning from a successful loan spell at Real Sociedad.
The midfielder was recalled from his loan spell at the end of last season after he flourished under Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil.
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