Real Madrid Sign Luka Jovic As Rebuilding Job Begins

Martin Green

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:30 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2019 3:30 PM UTC

Real Madrid have made their first big move of the summer by snapping up Eintracht Frankfurt wunderkind Luka Jovic.
<div><p>The 21-year-old Serbian striker banged in 27 goals for the Bundesliga outfit this season as they finished seventh in the table. He was superb in the Europa League, where he scored against Chelsea to take their semi-final clash to a penalty shootout. Jovic has signed a six-year deal with Zinedine Zidane’s side in a deal worth an initial €65 million.</p><p>“From a sporting point of view selling Luka Jovic is a big blow,” said Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic. “His explosiveness and capacity to score goals propelled us into Europe and we have benefited from more than just his goals in the past two years. But it was clear that there was a limit to what kind of bid we could refuse. For Eintracht Frankfurt this is a good and important transfer. We wish Luka all the best in the future. He has all the attributes to have a great career.”</p><h2>Rebuilding Job Underway at the Bernebeu</h2><p>Real Madrid endured a miserable 2018-19 campaign after they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and Zidane left the club. Julen Lopetegui took over and he was promptly sacked after presiding over a disastrous run of results. Replacement Santiago Solari did not fare much better and he was axed after Real crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Ajax and lost to Barcelona in La Liga. Zidane agreed to return as manager towards the tail end of the season, which saw them finish third, 19 points behind champions Barca.</p><p>It was a rare trophyless season for the club, who Zidane led to an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018. They totally lacked spark up front and Jovic’s arrival should go some way towards rectifying that. Real are also doggedly pursuing Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard and the Belgian forward is expected to move to Madrid soon. Gareth Bale has been told he can leave and wholesale changes are expected this summer. Real Madrid are priced at 11/8 (1.38) with <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> to win La Liga next season, while <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway">Betway</a> has 9/1 (10.0) on them winning the Champions League.</p></div>
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