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Solari: Real Madrid’s transfer strategy is a private matter

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Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari is refusing to give anything away in regards to their plans for this month’s transfer window

Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has had a telling impact on Real this season with the club struggling to compensate for the loss of their star man and his goals.

In fact, Real have been outscored by surprise package Sevilla and city rivals Atletico Madrid with 24 goals in 17 games in La Liga, while leaders Barcelona have found the net 48 times in comparison.

Making matters worse for the European champions was when it was revealed Ronaldo had ended 2018 as their top scorer, despite having not played for them in seven months.

This has led to suggestions that Los Blancos will look for a new striker in this month’s transfer window in order to add some much-needed firepower to the squad.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and playmaker Isco have both linked with exits from the Santiago Bernabeu due to a lack of game time under Solari.

But the Argentine coach refuses to budge when it comes to speaking about Real’s transfer plans.

“I have no news to tell you about that,” said Solari, according to FourFourTwo.

“What we are interested in is tomorrow’s game, and the start of this year, which we must begin with the maximum humility and commitment. Which we have at the moment.”

On Isco and Navas’ futures, Solari said: “I’m not working on any hypotheses. We’re all focused on the game tomorrow.

“All those players are part of the squad, I’m not thinking about any other hypothesis.

“It’s not my place to talk about transfer strategies. That’s a private matter.

“I think they’re all [the squad] pretty happy, ending a year with a [Club World Cup] title has been very important for everyone.

“They’re all very happy, what we’re focused on now is starting the year with the humility needed to take on these three competitions we want to try and win.”

The 2018 Club World Cup winners will take on Villarreal on Thursday for their first game of the new year in La Liga.