Zinedine Zidane will face plenty of tough questions during his reign at Real Madrid, but few will come tougher than those about the club's biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The three-time Ballon d'Or winner has been widely tipped to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season as president Florentino Perez looks to change the dynamic of the squad. PSG are interested as are Manchester United.
The entire team has been built around the Portuguese stalwart since his £80m arrival in 2009, but as he prepares to turn 31-years-old, it appears it may be time for Los Blancos to start severing their close ties.
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That will not be happening while Zidane is in charge, at least according to the Frenchman himself. Speaking in his first pre-match press conference, he was immediately faced with fresh reports that Ronaldo was leaving at the end of the season, and responded with a definitive answer.
Zidane told reporters: "He is the soul of this club and the stories make me laugh because while I'm here he is not going to leave."
Whatever Zidane thinks, he is unlikely to have a say on Ronaldo's future. Indeed, the lack of power given to managers at the Bernabeu was seen as the main reason why Jose Mourinho originally left in 2013 and rejected a return earlier this season.
Instead, it is the board who decides the fate of many players and it seems Ronaldo's will fall into similar hands.
Real Madrid will face Deportivo on Saturday in what will represent Zidane's first game in charge since taking over from Rafa Benitez. However, while the regime has changed, there will be little difference with regards to formation and tactics.
Indeed, Ronaldo has already been told he will occupy his left-sided role alongside striker Karim Benzema and right-winger Gareth Bale. The only doubt will be over whether Isco or James Rodriguez plays in the No.10 role, but all other stars can expect to retain their positions.
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