‘We have to give the young players something to look forward to’, says Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedie Zidani has insisted that the new generation of players is not a threat to his reign, as they are already capable of producing a “fresh” generation of footballers.

The former Real Madrid coach is facing a tough task as he looks to secure a fifth title in six seasons as he tries to lift the trophy for the third time in four years.

Zidane has been criticised for not having enough young players in the first team, and is currently looking to fill that void with the signing of a young, attacking striker.

However, he admitted that the younger players needed to take the ball out of the hands of their parents.

“We have no problems with the young generation,” he said on the Italian Football show Tuttomercatoweb on Tuesday.

“They are ready to go to training and we have to do something about that.

They need to have some time with their families, they are the ones who will benefit from that, and I think they will be ready to come.”

The Portuguese manager also spoke of the importance of youth, with the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Cristiano Ronaldo being part of the group of players who have scored at least three goals in the league this season.

“If we look at our youth team we have one player who has played three times in the Champions League, one who has scored four goals and two who has had two goals,” Zidano said.

“It is not enough to have two players in our squad.

I’m talking about players with the potential of playing a lot of games in the next four or five years.”