Zinedine Zidane has said that Real Madrid would be a better team without him, following speculation linking the French coach with a move to Juventus.
Andrea Pirlo is on the verge of dismissal, despite triumphing in the Copa Italia and the Italian Super Cup this edition.
The “Old Lady” is fifth in the Serie A standings and will lose a place in the Champions League if Milan and Napoli win on Sunday against Atalanta and Hellas Verona respectively.
According to some reports, Zidane will leave Real Madrid over the summer and replace Pirlo on the Juventus bench.
“It has been very difficult, but we are coming to the final lap ready to give it our all,” the 1998 World Cup winner told a news conference ahead of the final game of the season against Villareal.
“We have a game tomorrow, that’s the important thing. Then we will see because we have time to talk about it. Now is not the time. After 37 games, do you think we will lose time for next year now?
“I or another person is not what matters here. Only the team. Tomorrow is all we care about. This is the truth.”
When asked if Real Madrid could be a better team without him, he replied: “Of course.”
Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri met with Real Madrid earlier this month and is one of the candidates to take over at the Stadio Bernabeu.