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Salgado calls for patience with Jovic

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Luka Jovic isn’t having a good start to life at Real Madrid as the Serbian still hasn’t found the net in the white shirt.

Jovic was brought in as the eventual long-term replacement for Benzema.

However, after more than 200 minutes for Los Blancos, the striker still hasn’t scored for Zidane’s side.

This is a stark contrast to his previous season, where he started 25 matches scoring 17 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt.

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – MARCH 07: Luka Jovic of Frankfurt reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Internazionale at Commerzbank-Arena on March 07, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

In addition, Jovic is also facing some issues with Serbia’s national team manager, Ljubisa Tumbakovic.

The €60 million signing is living through some of his roughest days as a professional footballer.

However, he still receives the support, namely from Michel Salgado who stood in Jovic’s defense.

In an interview with Omnisport, Salgado commented:

“He’s a young player. If Real Madrid signed him, it’s due to something. He has been a great player Eintracht Frankfurt, lot of goals, great attacking quality,” Salgado said.

“It is known that Real Madrid needed a ‘nine’, a striker. Benzema is a different ‘nine’, a player that collects, combines over finishing.

“Jovic must still learn, he’s a young player and Real Madrid is a team with a lot of pressure. He needs time. He has that time, we know he’s a great striker.”

Even though it’s been a shaky start of the season for Zidane, the Frenchman steadied the ship by getting on top of La Liga early on.

Los Blancos are now preparing for 26 October in a big fixture where they’ll travel to Camp Nou to face the uprising Barcelona.

Salgado also gave his outlook on the situation at the club, adding:

“There are always critics at Real Madrid. A club that depends on victories, a gigantic club, with a lot of pressure.

“But I think the last two scores have calmed the team.”

In the end, Salgado gave his backing to Zidane, concluding:

“Zidane deserves all our respect, he won three Champions Leagues in a row. Something that no one has achieved in history, now arriving in Madrid in a difficult position from last year.

“The season just started, and they climb into the first positions. We’ve got to let them work.

“I know Real Madrid, I been there almost 11 years. I know how it works and it’s important that the manager and the players are calm in a moment like these.”