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Real Madrid to keep faith with Luka Jovic

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The club recognized it was a transition year for a young player in a new country and new league.

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Despite the headlines suggesting Real Madrid are interested in another “number 9”, a report from Spanish publication, AS, claims that the Serbian will be counted on for next season.

A quote regarding Jovic from a club contact was as follows: “He is at the perfect age to grow as a footballer and as a person. He signed a contract until 2025 and we are counting on him. The first year is not easy because of his adaptation to a new country, language, and culture. We know of his true potential,” the source said.

At Eintracht Frankfurt last season, Luka Jovic was the young sensation tempting all of Europe for his signature. In 48 matches during the 2018/2019 season, the Serbian scored 27 goals and contributed with 7 assists. Among those goals was a deft chip vs Inter Milan, a first-time clinical striker vs Chelsea, and five goals in one game vs Fortuna Dusseldorf.

For Real Madrid, opportunities have been hard to come by — in 24 matches he has only been afforded the chance to accumulate 770 minutes. In that time, the Serbian has scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists. His confidence has taken a hit and the numbers as well as overall performance have been a far cry from the player seen at Frankfurt last season. Despite the disappointing season, Real Madrid will continue to trust the Serbian and afford him the patience required to make it as a young striker at the biggest club in the world.