However, having grown up in Madrid, the lure of the Spanish capital is obvious with De Gea's girlfriend, Edurne Garcia, also said to be keen on moving home.
The managerial merry-go-round of football is one facet that's seemingly unique to the sport. "After the break, we'll be okay; we are looking forward to the draw on Monday even though a difficult opponent is coming".
On potentially bringing in recruits in January, he added: "We have the possibility and we will see".
During his time at Real as a player, Zidane was massively successful - he starred in the legendary Galactico side and won La Liga in 2002/03, but of course his crowning achievement came a season prior to that, when he scored the winning goal in the Champions League final - a classic volley - to help Real claim their ninth title. The important thing was to get through to the knockout stage, we've done that. "He doesn't think it's a serious problem, but he is definitely out for Saturday".
Navas, 30, finds his position as the first-choice stopper at the Bernabeu under threat, with Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa being linked with a winter-move to Real Madrid. "Marcos Llorente can play there, he has done it before".
"I am a Real Madrid coach and I am happy with my two goalkeepers, I will always say the same".
"I saw Keylor [Navas] play well, although we can always give a little bit more, like always". "Regarding signings, I have two goalkeepers and I'm very happy with both of them", There has been ongoing speculation regarding the interest of Los Blancos in signing Kepa Arrizabalaga in January.
"We have this possibility, like every year and we will assess whether we sign someone or not".
And most jobs demand experience - and while some clubs will only ever touch an experienced boss, there are plenty of others that take risks on less experienced managers.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has claimed that his team could do business in the January transfer window.
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