Ronaldo hopes Zidane stays on at Real

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has thrown his backing behind head coach Zinedine Zidane, saying he’d like to see him continue in charge of the club.

Zidane was appointed in January to replace Rafa Benitez after the former Liverpool boss was sacked less than seven months after being given the top job at Los Blancos.

The move has proved to be a shrewd one, with Real losing just once since the Frenchman took over and moving to within one point of Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division standings.

“I admired him as a player and now as a Coach,” Ronaldo told Marca. “I think with Zidane we feel more valuable, we feel his affection.

“We know that he’s in the process of adaptation, but things have progressed very quickly and I’m very happy for him. He’s a Coach who I’d like to see continue at Real Madrid.”

Real Madrid face Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, and Ronaldo insisted the Spanish giants would not be taking the tie lightly.

“We know we have a tough challenge, but anything is possible. If Manchester City are in the semi-finals, it’s because they’re an excellent team,” he added.

“Eliminating PSG isn’t a simple task, but they did it. They’re a team who have very few flaws.

“The Champions League gives me a different feeling, a different pulse. It’s a unique competition and its feelings are different too, so I feel like every Champions League match is my first. Clearly, Real Madrid’s priority is to win it.”