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Former Real Madrid striker reflects on failed stint at club, praises Benzema and Modric

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Speaking in an interview with ATV (h/t MARCA), former Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic has admitted that his transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu came a tad too early in his career.

Jovic joined Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019 after enjoying a spectacular 2018/19 campaign. The Serbian cost Los Blancos a whopping €60 million but never got going at the Spanish capital outfit.

Having failed to make any sort of impact, the 24-year-old finally called time on his stint at Real Madrid and joined Fiorentina this past summer.

Now, opening up on his experience at the home of the reigning Spanish and European champions, Jovic said:

“It was great. It was a great experience for me and I am very honored to have been part of the biggest club in the world. But I think I went to Madrid too soon.”

The former Eintracht Frankfurt striker added that Karim Benzema’s explosion and his own fitness problems also played a part in his struggles at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Karim Benzema exploded and deservedly won the Ballon d’Or. At first, I was unlucky. First COVID broke out, then some injuries stopped me… but for me, it was definitely a great experience,” Jovic added.

Speaking of his former Real Madrid teammates, Jovic singled out Benzema and Luka Modric for praise, saying:

“I wouldn’t want to distinguish anyone for their playing qualities, but Karim Benzema has left a mark on me, and without a doubt also Luka Modric, who has always been there for me. Luka is one of the best players in the history of Real Madrid.”

On his decision to join Fiorentina, Jovic admitted that he made significant financial sacrifices to join the Serie A side and believes that it will be the ideal ‘springboard’ for him to bounce back.

“I decided to come to Fiorentina even though I had offers from bigger clubs. Not to mention the financial side. Everyone knows I made financial sacrifices to come here. I think coming to Fiorentina is a good springboard to get back to my old form and come back to a big club again.”

Since joining the Viola, Jovic has netted six goals in 18 matches across all competitions, double the number of goals he scored in 51 games during his time at Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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