Zinedine Zidane’s change for Madrid is not just a make-up. It is a profound renewal that can be realized, if your plans go ahead, in an eleven with half of new faces next season. At the moment, there are only two unquestionable players for French in the current squad. One is the captain, Sergio Ramos, whom the coach has said clearly that he needs his leadership in the dressing room. The other is Karim Benzema, whose extension of contract, which concluded the next campaign, is under way to move to be in the segment of the best paid of the team.
Of the rest there is no one essential in the future designed by the French coach, whose priorities for change are in the midfield, in addition to trying to find a man-goal, a nine that accompanies and relieves Benzema of all responsibility, according to sources next to the team. The market offers few options in the position. Apart from Luka Jovic, from Eintracht Frankfurt, the club explores the option of Lewandowski. Despite his 30 years, one less than Benzema, understand that the Bayern forward could play a role similar to that of Van Nistelrooy on his way through Madrid, a few years ago. The Mbappé operation has not been possible for now, but the white team is going to follow its evolution and maintain contact with its surroundings, understanding that it would be a strategic signing for the future.
The first stone, however, goes through the continuity of Benzema to avoid the instability that can lead to the beginning of the season with the pending renovation. The agreement is close to continue in Madrid, at least, one more year and his salary goes from nine to 12 million tax-free. Consulted by this newspaper, the agency that represents the soccer player, Best of you, did not want to pronounce in any sense.
The intention of Zidane is for Benzema to play alongside another point, in a system that could change, as the coach himself acknowledged, to orient himself to 4-4-2 instead of 4-3-3. The French is clear that this man is not Bale, although the intention of the Welshman is not to move from Madrid. To its representative agency, the Stellar Group, directed by Jonathan Barnett, is not interested in the player leaving Spain, where he wants to increase his market. The athletic Saul is one of his new clients.
The exit of Bale is, then, a priority, and the club does not rule out even a cession, although its card is a brake. The channel opened with Chelsea following the incorporation of Eden Hazard, already closed, may be a way, given that Zidane has also pointed to N’Golo Kanté. The choice of the French international Chelsea does not arise, however, as an alternative to Paul Pogba, a priority of the coach. All with the purpose of realizing a deep reconversion of the center of the field, while Marcos Llorente, Ceballos, even Casemiro and Kroos, Madrid could listen to offers. The same would happen in defense with Reguilón, while among the alternatives for the left side appears the name of Alex Sandro, of Juventus.