Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has called for fans to get behind the club and not jeer striker Karim Benzema.

Benzema was whistled when brought on the 64th minute during Madrid’s 7-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna, making his first appearance since December.

The 30-year-old was making his return to the side having missed a month of action with a hamstring injury, and has struggled for form this season along with most of the Madrid side.

But Zidane believes this does not give supporters the right to demonstrate negativity towards their players.

“It’s true, a month ago he wasn’t playing,” Zidane told reporters ahead of Madrid’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg with Leganes on Wednesday.

“He wanted to get back quickly and he’s back with the squad now. The only thing he enjoys really is being out with us on the pitch, so it’s good to have him back.

“But it’s not good to see him getting whistled when he gets back. This has happened with him and could happen with others.

“What we need from the fans is that they’re with us. Of course, they’re within their rights; they’ve paid so can have opinions, but I want fans to be with us for 90 minutes.

“After the game, whatever happens, happens. But during the game I want them with us. Karim will be available tomorrow.”

Real Madrid have reportedly been linked with a move for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi in the January transfer window, in the hopes of resurrecting their season.

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