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Update On The Future Of This Real Madrid Striker: Can Ancelotti Afford To Lose Him?

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In a recent report, Marca provided an update on the future of Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic who is now set to join Fiorentina on a free transfer. It has been stated that Los Blancos will part ways with the Serbian striker soon following his disappointing spell with the club so far.

Jovic’s Struggles At The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Jovic failed to give a good account of himself in Spain last season when he played a sporadic role in Carlo Ancelotti’s match-day squad. The Serbian frontman took part in 19 matches for the Madrid giants in the previous campaign, netting one goal and earning three assists in the process across various competitions.

The 24-year-old made most of his appearances as a substitute which explains why he averaged 1.1 shots, 0.3 key passes and 0.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga.

However, he deserves some credit for being accurate with his ball distribution after completing 77.6% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

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Inter Milan’s Italian defender Alessandro Bastoni (L) tackles Real Madrid’s Serbian forward Luka Jovic during the UEFA Champions League first round group D football match between Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 7, 2021. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Can Real Madrid Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti Afford To Lose Jovic This Summer?

Jovic can be a tidy finisher in front of the opponent’s goal when he is playing regularly on the pitch. He can strike the ball well from long range and can make a few well-timed runs in behind the opposition backline. Jovic is primarily a centre-forward but can even fill in as a secondary striker alongside someone if needed.

However, the Serbian talent has struggled to prove his worth at the Santiago Bernabeau Stadium as he has often found himself behind Karim Benzema in Carlo Ancelotti‘s pecking order.

Real Madrid currently have no need for someone of Jovic’s skill set and can simply afford to let him go on a free transfer this summer. It makes more sense for Los Blancos financially to get the Serbian’s salary off their wage bill before the start of the new season. Jovic has got enough chances to impress by now, so Ancelotti has got no reason to keep hold of him beyond this summer.

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