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Real Madrid Star Wants To Stay Amid Transfer Speculations: How Could He Fit Into Zidane’s Team?

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Luka Jovic’s first season at Real Madrid has been rather forgettable with the striker not being able to find the back of the net more than twice. This is indeed a shame, considering the promise that Jovic had shown during his time at Benfica and Frankfurt.

However, the Marca reports that the Serbian is not willing to give up on his Real Madrid future and wants to stay at the Spanish club to turn things around. It is also needless to mention that with the financial conditions of all the clubs likely to deteriorate, Real may have no other option but forego their other transfer targets and make do with Jovic for the upcoming season.

What made Real purchase Luka Jovic?

Last season the Madrid club brought in a host of players, including the likes of Hazard and Rodrygo. Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus was on their mind, and they needed to find a solution to the deficit of goals resulting from the Portuguese superstar leaving the club. This is where Luka Jovic was supposed to play a vital part for the side.

During his time at Frankfurt, the Serbian had caught the eye of the football world with his stellar performances for the Bundesliga outfit, scoring 36 goals in 75 appearances across all competitions. The primary facet of his game was his ability to find the channels and drop back to time his runs perfectly into the box.

Jovic has already proven that he can play equally well in multiple setups, as a sole striker, in a two striker formation or being one among the front three. His 1v1 against the goalkeepers is phenomenal since the ex-Benfica man is blessed with exceptional finishing ability.

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 02: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF connects with a cross beside Mandi of Real Betis Balompie during the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 02, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

The 22-year-old also possesses a phenomenal physical attribute, being capable of overpowering the opposition defenders. Ideally, one could say that Jovic is a traditional striker, a rare occurrence in today’s times and Zidane must have believed that he could replicate the displays that Brazilian Ronaldo once made in a Real shirt.

How could he fit in at Real Madrid next season?

With no immediate transfers in sight, Zidane might have to continue with Modric and Kroos this season again. They can play just in front of Casemiro in the midfield, and thus we can expect the Spanish side to hold possession in midfield. The three men would also be entrusted to recover the ball from the opposition when it gets lost, and this style would perfectly suit Jovic.

At this stage the Serbia international would not be asked to replace Benzema in the side, instead the French gaffer could move to a two forward formation. Living under the shadows of Ronaldo for a long time has taught Benzema how to support his attacking partner excellently, often sacrificing his own needs. Jovic, who is naturally blessed with brilliant anticipation and link-up play, would gain immensely from this trait of Benzema. Zidane should look forward to utilising this partnership to the fullest.

However, the real challenge for the Serb at this moment would be to recover from his injury and find his form back so that he can live up to the hype that he had generated at the time of his transfer last season.

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