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Real Madrid believe in Benzema, will not sign a superstar in the summer

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The Real Madrid management seems to have made up its mind regarding the current state of the roster, with a report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra) confirming that the team will not sign a high-profile forward this summer as they believe Karim Benzema still has one season left in the tank.

Madrid were given a harsh reality check by Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg clash at the Etihad Stadium. The Cityzens dominated all parts of the field and Madrid’s attack seemed unnoticeable at its very best.

Despite that, however, the management is of the idea that the team can survive another season without any attacking reinforcement. Furthermore, even Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that doubting Benzema is unfair.

“There’s no point in doubting Benzema. He had a bad game, but not only him. And he’s still a legend at this club. The team wasn’t right on Wednesday, not just Karim,” said the manager ahead of the Valencia game.

The manager also pressed the team is not really worried about not having a new striker for the next season, saying that everyone at the club is currently evaluating the situation.

“We have to wait a bit, we are talking about it with the club, but it is not the time. We are evaluating what has happened. It is not the right place to talk about what is happening,” he added.

We have reported before that even if Madrid think of signing a striker this summer, there are no potential suitors.

One might argue that Kylian Mbappe is worth the effort but it should be noted that if Paris Saint-Germain lose Lionel Messi and Neymar in the summer, there is absolutely no way that the French team would let Mbappe leave too.

Furthermore, as far as Erling Haaland is concerned, there is a certain clause in his contract that will only be activated in the summer of 2024 and this is why the team continues to point to 2024 to sign a superstar in attack.

In all fairness, all of this makes perfect sense as a panic buy won’t do any good for the parties involved.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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