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David De Gea to Real Madrid talk doesn't concern Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has said he is not thinking about a renewed approach for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in the summer.

Real failed to sign De Gea last summer after the Spain international's move fell through at the last moment on deadline day due to paperwork not being submitted in time to seal the switch.

The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper continues to be linked with a return to La Liga, even though he signed a new contract at Old Trafford in September.

Asked about Madrid possibly again moving to sign De Gea next summer, Zidane said it was too early yet to get into such speculation.

"I am not thinking about that at all, I do not know what will happen at the end of this season," he said.

"I can tell you I am very happy with the keepers I have, not just with Keylor [Navas] who is playing, but with Kiko Casilla and Ruben too. That is the most important for me. Then we will see at the end of the season."

Third-placed Madrid travel to in-form Las Palmas on Sunday evening, when they could well be 15 points behind Barcelona and seven adrift of Atletico Madrid, should Barca beat Getafe and Atletico beat Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

Madrid are likely to face a stiff test on their first trip to the Estadio Gran Canaria since October 2001 when a Galactico-filled side including Zidane were beaten 4-2.

Quique Setien's UDLP side have climbed to 15th in the current table after three straight victories, with three clean sheets, against Eibar, Getafe and Villarreal.

Zidane said the atmosphere around the Madrid camp was also positive after three straight wins, including Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League round-of-16 second leg win at home to Roma.

"After three wins, it is always better, the training, atmosphere, all those things," he said. "It was different after the derbi [defeat to Atletico], but now we must think about moving forward, all the games coming now will be each time more difficult.

"But we are in a good moment, that means nothing. We know we will have a difficult game, as always. The rival will use their weapons to hurt Real Madrid. We know that. We will prepare well and put out the best team, and try and win the game."

Zidane said he was happy that the injury problems which had affected the squad through the season were now less severe.

"There have been less injuries [lately]," he said. "The idea for us is to always try and not have injured players. Now we have almost everyone -- just Karim [Benzema] to return to the group. But we are all ready and what I want to think is just about that, the future. What happened before is over."

After fit-again left-back Marcelo was left out of the most recent Brazil squad, Zidane said a suggestion from national coach Dunga that it was for fitness reasons did not make sense.

"I am not getting into who international coaches choose," he said. "Nobody has spoken to the medical people here [about Marcelo]. That's a lie. Marcelo is very good physically, and he wants to play - both here and with his country."

Meanwhile, Zidane says he hopes French compatriot Benzema can play for Les Bleus at this summer's European Championship

On Friday, Benzema moved a step closer to becoming available for Euro 2016 after legal restrictions preventing him from meeting France teammate Mathieu Valbuena were officially lifted by an appeals court on Friday.

"I'm happy of course for this," Zidane said. "We have spoken about Karim's issue, he has been waiting for it to be sorted. We are on this line now. It has been a relief for him, of course.

"It's something that is talked about a lot, which affects him. Obviously the French team will need Karim Benzema, from footballing point of view, at the Euro finals. I hope that happens. He looks good, he is training, on his own but he is out on the pitch. The ideal would be to have him with us next week."


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