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The after effects of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure: Who should Julen Lopetegui sign for the new era?

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So here are the players Real Madrid should sign to start their new ‘Galactico’ era –

3. Thiabut Courtois

Belgium v England: 3rd Place Playoff - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Courtois' Golden Glove showing in the World Cup has made him Real Madrid's first choice target

Keylor Navas has been extremely dependable during his four years with Real Madrid, despite rumours of them looking for a new goalkeeper during each transfer window. Winning a total of three Champions League medals and a La Liga trophy during these four years is a record to be proud of. However the constant rumour surrounding his form will always be questioned. Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois will be a perfect fit for Real for their future’s sake. Despite his Atletico past, it is a golden opportunity for Thibaut Courtois to join the biggest club in the world. At 26 years in age, he is a keeper with a future given that Keylor is already 31 years old.


2. Robert Lewandowski

Japan v Poland: Group H - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Robert Lewandowski had a bad World Cup and will want to make amends

Despite a disappointing World Cup with Poland, Robert Lewandowski has consistently been one of Europe’s most lethal strikers, with 180 Bundesliga goals to his name and 45 in the Champions League. Even at 29, Lewandowski would be a solid signing for Real Madrid and is someone guaranteed to get goals. Even though he has always been linked with a move to the La Liga giants, he has never seriously considered it. Real could still come calling because of his consistency and as a possible replacement for the often criticized Karim Benzema.

1. Eden Hazard

Belgium v England: 3rd Place Playoff - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Eden Hazard was a Golden Ball contender in Russia and is all set to leave Chelsea this summer

The Belgium captain has already captured millions of football fans throughout the world with his performances during the World Cup. And now, he will definitely want to consider his future with Real Madrid’s left-wing currently vacant. At 27, Eden Hazard is in his prime and has put in dazzling displays for both club and country since the last two years. After Chelsea had failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three seasons, Hazard will surely contemplate his future with Chelsea. So, the time is right for Real to pounce in on the opportunity and sign a player who is capable of replacing Ronaldo. 

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