Real Madrid: Ferland Mendy insists players are with under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane 'to the death 1

Real Madrid: Ferland Mendy insists players are with under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane ‘to the death

has insisted he and his team-mates are with with manager Zinedine Zidane ‘to the death’ after doubts over his future this season.

Real Madrid: Ferland Mendy insists players are with under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane 'to the death 4

A lack of consistency in LaLiga, a semi-final defeat by Athletic Bilbao in the Super Cup and an early exit from the Copa del Rey raised question marks over Zidane’s management.

But in an interview with , Mendy spoke out in support of his manager and said the squad are not taking any notice of the negative reports.

‘I don’t read much, to be honest. I’m with Zidane to the death and we’re all with him, truly.

‘He seems relaxed. But we don’t really take notice of what people are saying.’

Zidane lost his temper in a press conference earlier this month, calling for more respect when asked by one journalist why his tone was ‘defensive’.

Real Madrid: Ferland Mendy insists players are with under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane 'to the death 5

He replied: ‘Are you being serious? Every day at home I’m hearing that I’m out. You know it because you’re the first [to be saying it].

‘So what are you saying? That I’m defensive when everyday I’m hearing that I’m out.

‘We won the league last season not 10 years ago! It was last year. So [we just need] a little respect. It makes me laugh.’

Mendy, who joined Real in 2019, admitted he had been ‘shocked’ by the intense criticism that comes with playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

He added: ‘To be honest, it has surprised me. I didn’t think it was going to be so demanding.

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Real Madrid: Ferland Mendy insists players are with under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane 'to the death 6

‘I knew that you always had to win, but the criticism… Although sometimes I don’t understand what they’re saying, there’s always a tonne when there’s a defeat.

‘If you lose, they exaggerate, and that’s shocked me, to be honest.’

Real’s 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid cut Atletico Madrid’s lead at the top of LaLiga to three points but Diego Simeone’s side still have a game in-hand.

Zidane’s men take on Atalanta in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday. Real will be expected to progress to the next round after a disappointing exit to Manchester City last season.

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