"I really like him, but the choice is up to the board. But his team were helping him, with Marco's cross, [Jesus] Vallejo's recovery of the ball to start off the move for the first goal".
The first half performance led much to be desired for Los Blancos, yet Zidane was pleased by what he saw.
'We had to find the motivation but we came here in front of the fans and yes, the first half was hard.
A frustratingly scrappy first half passed with precious little excitement, as Athletic's attackers failed to link up particularly effectively and Madrid lacked cutting edge.
"We played a great game, we were superior, all we missed was the goal, we are happy with what we did". We kept a clean sheet, just giving up one chance with the cross to Inaki Williams.
"Then with our quality, we we showed some good things".
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Gareth Bale was again whistled during a substitute appearance.
In all competitions, the 31-year-old has contributed to 40 goals in 2018/19, scoring 30 and assisting a further 10.
"They want to rid themselves of Bale's salary, or at least a part of it and add an option to buy like they did with James Rodriguez to Bayern".
The French striker stands out as the only Madrid player who is playing well in a very disappointing season for the traditional powerhouse.
Meanwhile, defender Marcelo said rumours about him leaving the club were false and insisted that he was happy at Madrid.
Hazard is widely regarded as one of European football's top attacking talents and he has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks, speculation that has heightened since Zinedine Zidane's return to the Bernabeu.
"I'm focused on the club".