Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Gareth Bale will be sold by the La Liga club.
World-record signing Bale, brought in from Tottenham for £86m in the summer of 2013, has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu by both the British and Spanish press.
Real’s record goalscorer Ronaldo, who has 12 in 12 games this term, has also repeatedly had to field questions about his future, but Zidane says they will not be sold anytime soon.
He told Shortlist: “No he is not for sale, it wouldn’t make sense. Big players are what people want to read about, so that is why they are written about, but why would Real Madrid have any intention of selling the best player in the world?
“Cristiano Ronaldo has been the best player in the world for the past few years, and he knows he is the best.
“It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t work hard, or that he doesn’t want to improve and get better, but he has that confidence where he knows how good he is.”
When asked where Bale’s future lies, Zidane said: “Of course clubs are going to want Gareth, he is one of the best in the world, but I am not sure how much clearer we can be.
“Gareth has made it clear, his agent has made it clear, we have made it clear, his future is at Real Madrid.
“We sign the best players in the world, we don’t sell them.”