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Ancelotti and his coaching staff delighted with veteran Real Madrid striker

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Joselu has been a breath of fresh air for Real Madrid. When he arrived on loan from Espanyol, not much was expected of him, but the 33-year-old has managed to defy odds to the extent that he has scored 11 goals for the team.

At this point, the stat may seem pretty ordinary for a striker, but what makes it appealing is that among his teammates, he sits 14th on the list of minutes played, having clocked just over 1200 minutes across all season.

Despite the irregularity in minutes, Joselu is currently the third-highest goalscorer at Real Madrid, after Jude Bellingham (17) and Rodrygo (12).

Carlo Ancelotti and his staff are impressed

Joselu has played all but one game for Real Madrid this season, but he hasn’t had as many minutes as his teammates. 

To put things in perspective, he is scoring a goal every 114 minutes, which is the best in the team. For comparison, Bellingham scores every 131 minutes, Rodrygo every 186 minutes, and Vinicius every 149 minutes. 

Joselu is Real Madrid’s third-highest scorer this season (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

As a result of his burst, Spanish publication AS has mentioned that Carlo Ancelotti and his coaching staff are really delighted with Joselu’s attitude and his performance on the field.

Whether his loan deal will be made permanent remains to be seen and will likely depend on if he is able to maintain his current goalscoring returns.

Joselu was supposed to be an understudy

“We all know Benzema’s level, I come to do another type of work. I am a more physical player and I know what I can contribute,” said the 33-year-old during his presentation upon his arrival.

Karim Benzema had just departed and Real Madrid needed someone to at least fill the void. In that scenario, Madrid used a special clause that let Joselu go for free if Espanyol got relegated.

Despite the clause, Madrid paid €500,000 for his loan and they also agreed to pay an extra €1.5 million if they decide to keep him. 

For now, everything is working in Joselu’s favour but Endrick’s arrival in the summer followed by the presence of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and even Brahim Diaz would make it difficult for him to get minutes next season.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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