"We know who Raheem Sterling is, and of course we're monitoring him as a player," admitted the Frenchman, whilst also pointing out: "We monitored Bale for over a year, the same with Isco and also Varane."
However, when it comes to the potential of an immediate move this summer, Zidane clarified: "We monitor many of the best young players in Europe, then if we feel they have something to offer Real Madrid, we will contact their club and try to make the next step."
The 4-1 hammering Liverpool suffered against Arsenal over the Easter weekend put a huge dent in their hopes of reaching the top four in the Premier League. Failure to compete in the Champions League next season could also severely affect squad planning.
The interest from Real Madrid in Raheem Sterling is certainly nothing new. Back in June 2014, a report in Marca was among numerous appearing in the Spanish media linking the Liverpool youngster with a switch to La Liga.
Having recently told BBC Sport: "I don't want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old,” confirming that he had turned down a new deal worth £100,000 per week from Liverpool, the future of Sterling remains in doubt.
Arsenal and Manchester United have both been strongly linked, able and willing perhaps to offer more than the sum he's rejected at Anfield, per the Express, while also prepared to offer his club a tempting enough reason to sell, even though such a move to direct rivals wouldn't be very appetising for Liverpool fans.
If Real Madrid do ultimately weigh in with an offer, Sterling could find himself strutting his stuff in La Liga sooner rather than later, with a stellar salary to match his expectations. However, that will be accompanied by the huge pressure that he must perform. The Bernabeu crowd demand nothing less from every game.