Real Madrid entered the 2020-2021 season, without hiring any player and contented with the return of 3 loaned players, goalkeeper Andre Lunin, right-back Alvaro Odriozola and midfielder Martin Odegaard, in a situation similar to what was repeated in the season of De Carlos when he made do with 4 players from Castilla.
Florentino Perez’s policy, after explaining Zinedine Zidane’s financial position in not signing with new players, did not come to the outbreak of the Corona virus and played matches without fans only – which affected the club’s revenues – but rather the team applied it for other reasons.
In view of the reasons related to the pandemic, we find that not playing under the eyes of the fans deprived the team of huge sums, amounting to 143 million euros, which was from selling tickets for matches at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for the 2017-2018 Football season, according to “Money League”, a return that was not achieved last season due to the absence masses.
The lack of returns put Real Madrid in a “bad” position as described by Perez, when he was asked about the possibility of signing Kylian Mbappe, the star of Paris Saint-Germain.
Perez explained the situation, saying: “We are in a very bad position. It is difficult to ask players to reduce their salaries until we deal with the current situation and then make contracts like this.”
“Madrid will sign with the best players when the situation changes,” he stressed.
Perez’s statements clarified Real Madrid’s financial position and why it did not conclude deals. But that wasn’t the only reason.
First, we have to look at whoever Real Madrid has left out of the summer transfer market.
Initially, the team dispensed with the following names on loan: Gareth Bell for Tottenham, Jesus Vallejo for Granada, Rennier for Borussia Dortmund, Cubo for Villarreal and Borja Mayoral for Rome and Brahim Diaz for Milan.
The most prominent name in the previous list was Bale, who was getting 600,000 euros a week, and getting rid of him reduced Real Madrid’s spending on the payroll. According to the Spanish newspaper “Marca”, Tottenham will cost the Welsh winger’s salary at 100%, although “Football London” indicated that the English club will pay only 40% of the salary. However, the Spanish club will not pay 600,000 to a player who was not part of Zidane’s plans.
As for those who left permanently, they are: James Rodriguez to Everton for 20 million pounds – according to The Guardian newspaper, Achraf Hakimi to Inter for 40 million euros, Sergio Regilon to Tottenham for 30 million euros, in addition to Oscar Rodriguez, Xavi Sanchez, Alberto Soro and Jorge D. Frutus and Danny Gomez.
Real Madrid earned almost 118.5 million euros from the sale of the players. It is true that the management will receive the value of the players’ deals in installments, but it has revived the club’s treasury with money in addition to the freedom from the salary / part of Bale’s salary.
This amount can be increased if Mariano Diaz’s transfer to Benfica is completed, as the Spanish side agreed with his Portuguese counterpart on the transfer details, without obtaining the consent of the player or his agent, which may make the deal incomplete.
And the players were not dispensed with just because of money, but because of Zidane’s desire.
Achraf Hakimi’s agent, Martin Kamano, believes that Zidane was the reason for his client’s departure from the team, according to what he told the “Moroccan National Team” newspaper. He said: “Zidane is the reason Hakimi’s transfer to Inter, he has to explain why he left.”
As for Regilon, Zidane said of him: “I have a double left-back (Ferlan Mendy and Marcelo) and I cannot get more. I wish him good luck because he had a good season with Sevilla.”
While Zidane did not want to continue James, who played only 728 minutes last season, which was divided into 14 games, and of course Bale, who played only 78 minutes against Real Sociedad after the resumption of the league after the suspension due to the pandemic, and was out of the team’s list in the last 5 games of the league .
After reviewing a list of nomads, we find that Real Madrid has 24 players in its list, as follows: 2 goalkeepers, 4 defenders, 2 right backs, 2 left backs, 6 players in midfield and 7 players in attack positions.
In other words, Real Madrid has a complete list, which may reach satiety in some centers and only be disturbed by injuries.
The complete list made Real Madrid not enter the summer transfer market in the first place; Because the people the team is looking for to support their ranks are not available for sale, unlike names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Thibaut Courtois, and even Eden Hazard when Perez got his services.
Names such as: Kylian Mbappe, Lyon midfielder Hossam Awar, and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba entered the circle of Real Madrid’s attention, but money prevented that, even if temporarily.
Marca newspaper published Real Madrid’s plan to sign Mbappe next summer, a plan close to the one that happened with Eden Hazard when he joined from Chelsea in the summer of 2019.
Real Madrid will try to adjust its financial position this season without concluding any deal; He will present a “non-reject” offer to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021, when only one season remains for Mbappe with the team; Which makes the management of the French team agree to sell the player so as not to lose him for free in the summer of 2022, especially as he refuses to renew with the team.
As for Aouar, Zidane said of him: “He is a great player who can someday play for Real Madrid.”
With these not available to Zidane, he decided to return the loanees.
Having a substitute for every player is what Zidane has always been looking for, since his first term with the team, which began in 2016 and continued until the end of the 2017-2018 season, so he regained Odriozolas services from Bayern Munich after his loan ended, and he did not want to go to Germany last January of the foundation.
Odriozola said of Zidane: “When it came to leaving, I spoke with him and he supported me very much in private. He wanted me not to leave Madrid.”
Despite Odriozolas return with Dani Carvajal, Nacho was Real Madrid’s right back in the fourth round of the League match against Levante, due to the duos injury.
The importance of having a duo in each position is important to Zidane, who prefers to rotate between players.
“I talk to the players and they talk to me,” Zidane says about the rotation. “Since I came here and I always do the same thing. I have a list of 23-24 players and to achieve championships in 60-65 matches, we need everyone.”
“This is what all coaches do. Previously there were 30-35 and the player was able to participate with them all. Now it is different, there is the Champions League and more matches.”
“I always take turns,” he stressed.
Real Madrid has an alternative for every player except Casemiro, as there is only one support in the team, so the team paid attention to the services of Eduardo Camvinga, the French international midfielder, but Rennes’ financial demands to dispense with the 17-year-old prevented the deal from being completed, especially with the player’s young age. .
However, Zidane had an alternative plan to rest Casemiro, as he pushed Toni Kroos as a pivot in the Real Sociedad match in the team’s opening of its matches in the new season.
In the attack, Zidane is still waiting for Hazard’s real start with the team, a start that was postponed until November 1 due to the Belgian winger’s muscle strain while trying to regain his fitness before the start of the new season. He scored only one goal last season and scored 6 goals in the league.
But Hazard is not the only one waiting for Zidane, it is Marco Asensio.
The Spanish winger, who was absent from the team last season due to a cut in the cruciate ligament, will be one of Zidane’s important elements this season.
Zidane said of him: “He is an important player and he has always been so. What he has to do is restore his physical and technical form 100%. He is preparing to have a great year and I am sure of that.”
“Marco is a top scorer, and he plays directly (on goal), I ask him to present all his capabilities and to play on goal every time,” he said, expecting him to increase his goals.
Besides these, Zidane is expected to shine Vinicius Junior and Rodrigo, in addition to that Luka Jovic has adapted to the atmosphere in Spain, who only played 806 minutes last season.
Vinicius scored two goals and brought Real Madrid 6 points against Valladolid and Levante, while Jovi participated in 129 minutes after starting as a mainstay in two matches after 4 rounds, and he only started 4 matches last season.
Financial conditions and the lack of availability of the names that Real Madrid wanted to sign made the management not contract with any player with its full desire, unlike the 2016-2017 season when the team was denied the contract due to breaching the rules of signing with underage players and making Zidane trust his players more while being satisfied with the existence of A substitute for each player.
As for the journey to preserve the title, it will not be paved for Real Madrid, as the similarity between Perez’s decision and de Carloss decision not to sign any player may not guarantee the league team, as happened in the 1978-1979 season when the Mernigi won La Liga for the 19th time in its history.
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