Luka Jovic has been warned not to expect many opportunities at Real Madrid to begin with next season by Dejan Petkovic.
Following a standout campaign at Eintracht Frankfurt, Real quickly scooped in and signed Jovic in a €60m deal this month.
At 21, Jovic is one of the most exciting young talents to emerge in European football and is set to rival Karim Benzema as the club’s main centre-forward next season.
Although the Serbia international may have his work cut out given Benzema’s return to form last term. The 31-year-old finished with an impressive haul of 30 goals and 11 assists in 53 appearances in an otherwise dreadful campaign for Los Blancos.
The former Lyon striker also has a close relationship with head coach and fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. Therefore, Jovic may have to be a little patient for his big break in the team.
“I hope Luka succeeds, but he’s not going to have it easy,” Ex-Real star Petkovic told Marca.
“He’s a player that’s already shone at Eintracht and I hope he’s good enough to wear the white shirt. Lots of great players have worn this shirt, that’s for sure.
“He’s a striker for the future, with power and speed, who offers different things to Benzema and I hope they’re patient with him.
“He will have chances, although he might not have too many at the start. After that, it will all be down to him.”
Jovic bagged 27 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions to help Eintracht to a seventh-place Bundesliga finish and the Europa League semi-finals.
This new promising young striker could debut for Real in the International Champions Cup (ICC) on July 21 against Bayern Munich in Texas, United States.