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Zidane reveals Ronaldo’s favourite position

The coach has also ruled out the possibility of restinghis star man against Valencia but refused to confirm if Gareth Bale would featureZinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo’s preferred position is on thewing and has backed the Real Madridstar to get back among the goals soon.Allegri’s bust-ups with Juve starsRonaldo has failed to find the net in his last two outings, a 3-1 win over Napoli in the first leg of the Champions League’s round of 16, followed by the 2-0 La Liga victory at home to Espanyol.Appearing at a news conference to preview his team’s trip to face Valencia in the league on Wednesday,the Madrid coach was questioned about his use of the Portugal star, prompting an unequivocal response. “He’s always played out on the flank,” Zidane said.”That’s his natural position. I’m sure he will score goals. He can play in a variety of positions because he’s an outstanding player. But he prefers playing out on the wing. That’s wherehe’s scored 300, 400 goals?,” he added, prompting laughter among the watching media. The Frenchman also flagged the possibility that Ronaldo will be restedat times during the final months of the season, as Madrid challenge for both domestic and Champions League honours.”I think it was a cup game if I’m not mistaken,” he said of Ronaldo’s previous unforced absence.”And I’m pretty sure there’ll be another game or two when he’ll be rested. But he’ll play on Wednesday, definitely.”HeadsWe’re all set for tomorrow’s [email protected]_en!#RMCity#RMLigapic.twitter.com/jovCPmvhxe— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden)February21, 2017As speculation mounts over the future of Madrid’s fringe players, Zidane welcomed comments from James Rodriguez last week in which the Colombia international stated his desire to remain in the Spanish capital. “I value what he’s doing now, when heplays,” he said. “He’s doing very well. His contribution has been good. “He can get the best out of his team-mates. I’m happy that he came out the other day to say he wants to stay at the club.Finally, the coach would not confirm if Gareth Bale, who made a goal-scoring return from injury off thebench against Espanyol, will feature at Mestalla. “You’ll find out on Wednesday. He’s happy, in great shape, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Updated: February 21, 2017 — 12:00 am

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