The Madrid technician is convinced that his captain will continue his career for a long time, more than him as a coach.
He notably mentioned the great shape of his captain Sergio Ramos, successively goalscorer against Sociedad then Mallorca: “I’m not surprised by what Sergio does [Ramos], we are lucky to have such a player and I am convinced that he will go all the way. In any case, I will not be a coach for 20 years, I will take early retirement, because I am an atypical coach, anything can happen.
“Retirement? It will be like that, with me it will be like that, I don’t know when it will be, I said twenty years but I don’t know how much it will be, I don’t plan anything, what I love and encourage everyday life. Until when? I don’t know, I have always been a football player in my head. “
“We have to think about playing”
Coach Merengue also gave an update on the title race that his team is delivering with Barça, who are playing on the lawn of Celta Vigo this Saturday (5 p.m.). The two teams are tied on points seven days from the end of the season.
“We know where we are and the difficulties that exist but nothing changes, the important thing is the dynamic that you put in place every day, now it’s good and we have to continue because there are teams coming back with difficulties and others a little better but we are all in the same boat.
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“There are a lot of games and fatigue, we have to recover well and think about the details, now we have a game and we have seven left, we don’t have to think about anything but play.”
Finally, the 1998 world champion mentioned the case of Kylian Mbappé, still mentioned on the side of the Spanish capital. “I have the chance to train in this club, I don’t like to talk about luck because that is not it, you have to believe in what you do and take advantage of what you have.
“Until when? It doesn’t matter to me, so when it comes to the players, I can say I’m lucky to coach the best, that’s what happens when you train in the best club in the world, I enjoy matches but much more training, they are the best. “