Real Madrid coach Zidane defends Benzema after another blank

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Zinedine Zidane: Karim Benzema's rewards will come despite his struggles

Reports in Madrid have suggested the club will listen to offers for both Bale and Benzema this summer, but Benzema said he appreciates Perez's support, recalling the affection received during hard periods of his life. "They don't come across as sad to me. We've got very good players and I have to evaluate that". They're training well. Of course, both would like to score more goals, but they are working well.

Zidane is, however, happy with his options for now, with son Luca and former Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla providing back-up to first-choice option Navas, who remains under contract until 2020.

Benzema has not played for France since police started investigating his role in a sex-tape blackmail scandal involving Valbuena, his former worldwide teammate, in 2015.

The Frenchman also addressed the ongoing rumour that he will be looking for a new goalkeeper at the end of this season. English giants Manchester United were keen on resurrecting Bale at Old Trafford this summer but the Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has told any potential suitors to back off his rapid and skillful attacker.

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"We had three then and we still have three now, maybe in the future the situation will change when we need a goalkeeper and we can discuss that then".

Real are nearly certainly out of the race for the LaLiga title, but are still in contention for the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Bale has scored 14 times this season, providing eight assists and is under contract at Real until 2022.

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