Heading into the summer, there were a lot of speculations surrounding Real Madrid and their approach to the transfer window, especially following Karim Benzema’s unanticipated departure.
Several big names had been linked to replace the French icon. And while the men in white have indeed added quality names in Jude Bellingham and Joselu, the talk of the town now is that there will be no more signings.
According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Carlo Ancelotti is disappointed in the management. The Italian manager was also fed the stories of a game-changing transfer season and is unhappy with how the club have changed their roadmap in less than a month.
Having lost senior players like Benzema and Marco Asensio alongside backups including Eden Hazard and Mariano Diaz, the board has been under serious pressure to fill the void. But so far, only Joselu has arrived to reinforce the attack, although Brahim Diaz can also be used on the flanks.
As things stand, though, there will be no big-name striker arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu for the new season, and the names of Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen and Dusan Vlahovic all appear to be discarded.
As it stands, Ancelotti has only Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and the newly arrived Joselu to count on in attack.
The same can be said about Florentino Perez’s sudden change in stance over the full-back position. The summer of 2023 was expected to be one where the club eyes its next big left-back and right-back. Yet, all that has come from it is the return of Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano.
Real Madrid still have time ahead of the new season to plan out a more impactful summer window. However, with all the focus only on Kylian Mbappe, it is unlikely that they will splash any more cash.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”