Real Madrid signed the Serbia international at the start of this season. They paid a reported fee of €60m to Eintracht Frankfurt. Luka Jovic signed a six-year deal with the Los Blancos.
The 22-year-old was one of the most prolific strikers in Europe last season. He scored 17 Bundesliga goals and a further 10 goals in Eintracht Frankfurt’s run to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Jovic revealed how he reacted when Real Madrid contacted his agent. He said: “My agent called me and told me that Real Madrid had called and that they wanted me. I replied, ‘don’t tease me, please’.
But he said yes, there is an offer and I should think about it. Of course, I said yes and I don’t think it was a mistake because the biggest team in the world only calls once.”
Real Madrid wanted a young striker to gradually develop and take Benzema’s place in the team. But things haven’t gone as planned. Jovic has failed to perform at the same level at Real Madrid.
The pressure of the Bernabeu gets to everybody. They are one of the most demanding fans across the world. But, everyone is still certain that Jovic would make it big at Real Madrid due to the qualities which he possesses.
Jovic scored 27 goals and provided 7 assists in 48 games last season. However, in his first 21 games (eight starts) for Real Madrid, he has scored just a single goal. The solitary goal came in the dying embers of a 5-0 rout of Leganes over three months ago.
Luka Jovic, himself is unhappy with the performances. He said: “Honestly, I’m not happy with the season because I know I can improve. Sometimes I watch videos of my games last year and I think: ‘What’s gone wrong?’”
“But we all know that Real Madrid is a huge club and difficult even for experienced players to get used to. Even more so for a 21-year-old, they have paid €60m for. The pressure is massive, I’m battling at the moment without success. But I hope the situation changes.”
He further added: “In my country [Serbia], I still think there is a negative attitude when talking about my form at Real Madrid. But I’m convinced I’ll do well and that I will prove I am a Real Madrid player, as I have the quality.”
“I don’t use social media much, and I only have Instagram. If I’m honest, I am only focussed on football and my fitness. I am in the middle of a hard adaptation period, so I have to work harder.”
Luka Jovic is enjoying the training routine at Real Madrid. He said: “The most important thing here [at Real Madrid] is that you don’t have to get up early for training so that helps. Throughout my life I have had insomnia and trouble sleeping. I get up, have breakfast and go to training.”
“Training is much more pleasant than in Germany, so I enjoy it more too. Then after the session, you can continue practicing on the pitches, or get massage treatments. And we usually have afternoons free.”
Jovic must quickly assess himself and get back to scoring ways as Real Madrid is too big a club to give too many opportunities to players to settle at the club. Jovic has all the qualities to play at Real Madrid. He showed us last season what he is capable of. He just needs to sit down and find out where things are going wrong.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has also backed Jovic. Zidane said: “He is the future. He has to be calm. He is learning. He’s a boy who wants to learn a lot. He’s very good. He’ll get a lot of goals. We’ve backed him and you have to be calm with him.”
Luka Jovic might get a chance when Real Madrid play Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey encounter on Thursday. He needs to score goals to prove his worth to Real Madrid and help the club to win silverware this season.
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