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'Reality clearly shows we have the best forward in the world': Florentino Perez defends decision to not sign world-class striker

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2.44K   //    12 Feb 2019, 13:42 IST

Florentino Perez
Florentino Perez

What's the story?

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has defended his decision to not sign any striker, stating that the club already have the best forward in the world in the form of Karim Benzema.

In case you didn't know...

Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, Los Blancos have been left with a massive void in terms of goal-scoring and confidence.

After helping the side to their third consecutive Champions League title, the Portuguese talisman left the European champions to join Serie A table-toppers Juventus in a hefty €100 million transfer.

Benzema has since taken the role of first-choice striker and goalscorer and has netted 18 goals so far this season. The Frenchman is set to make his 450th appearance for Real Madrid should he play against Ajax in the Champions League tomorrow.

The heart of the matter

Perez has now stated that the club are not going to sign a new striker as they already have Benzema, who he believes to be "the best forward in the world".

Speaking to France Football (via Marca), the 71-year-old said, "I insist that we have the best squad in the world and the titles to back us up on that."

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"We are not going to spend for spending's sake, for example."

"I have read and heard in some media outlets for years that Madrid need to sign a striker when reality clearly shows that Karim Benzema is the best forward in the world."

"What we do, in any case, is bring in very young players who will be the stars of the future, such as Vinicius [Junior] or Rodrygo [Goes], who was a candidate for the Kopa Trophy."

The Blancos president went on to mention the Ballon d'Or awards associated with his players: "Madrid players have been awarded the last three Ballon d'Ors," he added.

"We are very happy for Modric as his football and what he represents is part of our legend."

"He represents our values and I am sure that young people who will be at Real Madrid will be solid candidates in the future."

"Our goal is to be the best as this club must live up to its history and we play every game to win and never give up."

What's next?

Real Madrid are set to face Ajax in a much-awaited Champions League Round of 16 clash tomorrow night.

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