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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - May 16, 2021 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane REUTERS/Vincent West

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - May 16, 2021 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane REUTERS/Vincent West

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - May 16, 2021 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane REUTERS/Vincent West

Zinedine Zidane has responded to claims he is on the brink of quitting as Real Madrid boss, after the thrilling Spanish title race took another dramatic twist.

Luis Suarez’s 88th-minute winner against Osasuna has left Atletico Madrid on the brink of clinching the LaLiga title for only the second time since 1996.

Diego Simeone’s side were staring at a shock defeat after Ante Budimir headed the visitors in front with just 14 minutes remaining.

But substitute Renan Lodi netted for Atletico in the 82nd minute before Suarez’s late decider.

Atletico, who were champions in 2014 under Simeone, head into the concluding round of fixtures next Sunday with a two-point advantage over Real Madrid.

Los Blancos kept alive their hopes of retaining their title following a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao, Nacho Fernandez scoring the only goal of the game midway through the second half.

Real Madrid coach Zidane insisted he was not walking away from the club this summer, as he rejected claims he has already told his players that he is leaving.

"How could I tell the players I'm leaving now? We're giving our everything for the title and I just say 'by the way, I'm off'?," said Zidane.

"People outside the club can say whatever they like, but I would never, ever say that to my players.

"At the end of the season then we'll see what happens, but right now we're focused on our final game.

"We can't just keep talking about my future. The last game of the season is far more important than that."

Meanwhile, Santi Mina shattered Barcelona’s dwindling hopes of winning the title as his brace for Celta Vigo condemned Lionel Messi and company to a 2-1 defeat at the Nou Camp.

Real host Villarreal on the final day, while Atletico travel to Real Valladolid.

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