Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has made no secret of his desire in recent weeks to to unite Gareth Bale with Cristiano Ronaldo and have the world’s two most exciting wingers playing in his expensively assembled team of superstars. Perez was recently re-elected as Madrid’s president on the back of a wave of promises, one of which was to guide Madrid to an unprecedented 10th European crown and another was to tie down Ronaldo to a new contract.
Perez having his eye firmly on the European trophy will come as little surprise to many due to the fact that winning the Champions League is seen as the pinnacle for Madrid and the top priority for its manager every year. In order to compete for the Champions League trophy, however, Perez will need to strengthen his squad as they will be competing against the creme de la creme again next season and were found wanting in too many key areas this season.
Perez’s plan to rectify Madrid’s recent failings will begin with him attempting to recruit Carlo Ancelotti from PSG as new the manager, followed by trying to tie Cristiano Ronaldo down to a new long-term deal. There has been talk around the Bernabeu that Ronaldo is possibly ready to run down his contract and walk away from Madrid in two years, which is exactly what Perez wants to avoid.
The majority of talk, following Perez’s re-election, is that of Gareth Bale’s impending transfer to Los Blancos. The Welsh winger has been heavily linked with a move to Spain and with Zinedine Zidane now serenading Bale as the savior of Madrid, it’s only a matter of time before Spurs capitulate and relinquish their star player. Perez promised a major signing should he be re-elected, and it looks as if he has Bale is locked firmly in his sights.
Will this solve Madrid’s problems? Well, the biggest problem they had has now settled comfortably into the Russian puppet’s job at Chelsea, so that’ll allow them to start fresh without the distraction of colliding egos. Certain under-achieving players are to be axed as well, with Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria most vulnerable and likely to be sold to raise funds.
As well as Bale and Ronaldo on the flanks, Madrid are also hoping to complete deals for Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, giving birth to a quartet in the mold of the incredible Falcao, Cerezzo, Socrates and Eder from Brazil in 1982.
It’ll be interesting to see if Madrid take a different approach to next years Champions League, but in my opinion, they’ve already increased their chances tenfold by cutting Jose Mourinho loose.