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Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure means Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to go all out for superstar replacements. Perez has vowed that his club will make a splash in this summer’s transfer market.
European champions Real have had a tempestuous close season with Zinedine Zidane stepping down as coach in May days after his team won the Champions League for the third year in a row.
Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer completed a stunning €112­million move to Juven­tus earlier this month, marking the end of an era at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real have only recruited youngsters Alvaro Odriozola (22), Vinicius Junior (18) and Andriy Lunin (19) who all arrived in the Spanish capital to little fanfare.
Traditional big-hitters when it comes to making signings, especially in World Cup years, Real have been heavily linked in British and Spanish newspapers with Chelsea’s Belgian internationals Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
“We need to strengthen our present and our future. This is a great squad that will be strengthened by some brilliant players,” Perez told a news conference on Wednesday.
“We’re in one of the richest periods of our history. We’ve won unique titles. We’re sound institutionally, have strong financial power and have the supports of millions of fans.
“We’re going to look to carry on winning and nobody should be in doubt about that. Many thought it was impossible to win three Champions Leagues in a row. We are Madrid and we always want more.”
Eden Ha­zard and Ky­lian Mba­ppe are among the names to have been linked with Madrid as they prepare to begin 2018-19 under new head coach Julen Lopetegui and president Florentino Perez did nothing to dampen expectations of a statement signing “We are aware of the expectations this team faces every season,” Perez said following right-back Alvaro Odriozola’s introduction as a Madrid player.
“We’re Real Madrid and we always want more. This is a winning team with amazing players.
“We have an amazing squad that will be reinforced with new, incredible players.”