Of buying, selling and injuries
Real Madrid is done with the transfer market. Real’s DG, Jorge Valdano, revealed yesterday that Mesut Özil is the final summer recruit for the club, therefore putting an end to our transfer transactions. Speaking at the official unveiling of Özil, Valdano clearly stated that the club’s movement in the summer transfer market is now closed. He said:
We have now closed the signings for this coming season. We have made a great effort to rejuvenate the team and we are very pleased to complete this objective.
However, Valdano admitted that they will have to sell players between now and the time when the transfer window closes, saying that they “must streamline the workforce and this will be done in the coming days”. When asked whether Real would want to add another striker to the squad as there were only two specialized strikers in the 26-man squad, Valdano said that the second striker position would be filled in by the likes of Canales, Ronaldo and the former Bremen man Özil and that Mourinho himself had not asked for one.
Jose Mourinho has worked with players from the quarry during the pre-season and is very comfortable with them. He is also very pleased with the completion of the signing of Özil.
At no time had he asked the club for a striker. With the arrival of Özil, we have a player who can play in different positions.
But he insisted that none of the Spanish players will be sold because of the restriction imposed on clubs by the federation. He said:
We have 26 players right now, so we need to lighten the squad and it will happen in the coming days. This position does not affect the Spanish players currently on our books.
Rumor has it that the likely players to be hit with a price tag are among Mahamadou Diarra, Fernando Gago and Lassana Diarra, while the future of Rafael Van der Vaart is also up in the air, despite his claims that he will stay to fight for his place. Rafa, speaking to the press earlier, had said:
(Özil’s arrival) does not signify my departure. I don’t want to leave the club and I want to continue this season. Nobody at the club has told me I am out. For me his arrival is not a problem. I need to fight for my place in the team, which is a positive for Real because we are at the same club. I am used to fighting against big names for a place in the starting XI and this year is no exception.
But reports suggest that midfielder being rated at £8 million, the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the situation in Spain with great interest.
And now on to the injuries, Raúl Albiol will miss up to five weeks of action after suffering a badly sprained right ankle. The 24-year-old picked up the knock during Tuesday’s pre-season friendly draw at R. Standard de Liège and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The news comes as a blow to who to us having already lost Kaká for four months with a knee problem, while Diarra (knee), Pepe (calf) and Ezequiel Garay (knee) for two, three and eight weeks respectively. If you haven’t already realised it, the only recognized center backs we have now would be Sergio Ramos and Ricardo Carvalho. Real’s next game would be on Sunday away at Hercules.
Para Siempre Blanco!