Zinedine Zidane launched an impassioned defence of Karim Benzema before Real Madrid's home clash with Eibar, branding the French striker's critics ``a disgrace''.
The long-serving Real forward, now 29, has only scored one LaLiga goal thus far this season, drawing conjecture from the press about his value to the reigning Spanish champions.
But head coach Zidane, who is urging Real to respond well to Tuesday's Champions League draw with Tottenham, threw a supportive arm around his countryman.
BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi has not yet signed his new four-year contract with Barcelona but the club say they are already preparing to offer him a lifetime deal, similar to the one signed by Andres Iniesta earlier this month.
Messi, 30, agreed a new contract with Barca in July, but he has not yet sat down to sign the terms with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
However, Bartomeu has assured fans that everything is in order, with Messi's father and representative having already signed the contract,...
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says former England striker Gary Lineker's criticism of Karim Benzema is "embarrassing" coming from someone within the game.
After Benzema had missed three relatively simple chances in Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League game against Tottenham at the Bernabeu, ex-Tottenham and Barcelona star Lineker wrote on Twitter that the Madrid striker might be "overrated" and could be seen to be "rescued" by teammate Cristiano Ronaldo's goal-scoring feats.
Meanwhile, reports in...