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Real Madrid coach Zidane: I don't know if I have a lot to lose against Galatasaray

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed speculation about his future with the club.

Real Madrid are at risk of Champions League elimination following defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and a draw with Club Brugge in their opening two matches in Group A. And a weekend loss to Real Mallorca has brought about rumours Jose Mourinho could be in line for a Los Blancos return.

"What has happened, has happened," Zidane told the press. "Football forgets what you have achieved, but that's life. For me it's the same, it's the present.

"What we have done with Real Madrid has past. I won't tell you what people are saying doesn't bother me, it does.

"But what I have to do is give my best and always think positive.

"I don't know if I have a lot to lose against Galatasaray. I want to be at Real Madrid forever. We know the situation, but you'll have to ask someone else."

Zidane is no stranger to the pressure faced by a Real Madrid coach, and admitted once again that the constant speculation is troublesome.

"The pressure will always be there," Zidane went on. "We know the situation, but it isn't over until the final game [of the group stage].

"Nothing will change, even when people say the coach must be changed.

"Football always forgets what has happened in the past. As a player and as a coach.

"I won't say it [the speculation] doesn't bother me, but I will think positively.

"When there's nothing at stake, it's hard to play. Now it's another season. That's life. You can't always play well.

"We are Real Madrid and we can't do badly for even a minute. We must reduce the margin of error.

"We are going to have a great match. I'm just concentrate on the game. Talking about coaching changes and the like is your [journalists'] thing."

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