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Real Madrid start rebuild with Jovic signing


Last season was one to forget for Spanish giants Real Madrid. Los Blancos finished third in La Liga and also exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage. The return of French boss Zinedine Zidane midway through the campaign did little to improve matters.

However, this summer Zidane has the chance to reshape his squad and return the club from the Spanish capital to top of the European and Spanish tree. Los Blancos are currently second favourites for La Liga next season, behind arch-rivals Barcelona.

A Real good start with Jovic signing

The long-awaited transfer of Serbian starlet Luka Jovic to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt for an initial fee of around 65million euros plus add-ons is now complete.

The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the brightest young players in the European game this season. Jovic scored 17 times in the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt, helping them to fifth place in the German top-flight.

The youngster also scored ten times in the Europa League, as Frankfurt reached the semi-finals, only to suffer elimination at the hands of eventual winners Chelsea on penalties at Stamford Bridge.

Jovic had previously been linked with a number of other top European clubs, including most notably Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona, who are looking for a long-term replacement for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.

Los Blancos need a new talisman

Every top team needs a talisman. The player who steps up their game and produces the goods when it really matters. For so long, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was their talisman. However, his exit last summer to Juventus left a massive void in their team.

The likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale failed to fill the void left by the veteran star. In fact, the latter fell out of favour towards the end of the season. There is now speculation that the Welsh star will leave the Spanish club this summer.

It would very optimistic on Real Madrid’s part to believe that Jovic will become an instant talisman. Although he is highly talented, at 21 he is still raw. It is too much to expect the youngster to fill the boots of Ronaldo next season.

However, he was Serbian was something of a talisman for Eintracht Frankfurt and will be looking to make a bright start to his career in Spain. He certainly has the potential to go on and become a top striker in the world.

Real Madrid nowhere near finished in the market

The signing of Jovic is unlikely to be the last work that Real Madrid conducts in the transfer market this summer. The likes of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba are reportedly two of Los Blancos’ main transfer targets this summer.

Neither player will be cheap, so a number of players are likely to leave the Spanish capital. One of the players who look likely to leave is Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez, who has spent the last few seasons on-loan at German giants Bayern Munich. There will no doubt be other high-profile players heading for the Bernabeu exit this summer too.

Real Madrid signing Luka Jovic is just likely to be the first action of a hectic summer for Zidane and those responsible for transfers at the Spanish club.

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