Real Madrid stage their annual assembly today and it promises to be a straightforward event. Things are going well for Florentino with Zidane doing the business on the bench after the French coach was called in after the Rafa Benitez disarray. The recent signings make perfect sense and there is a move away from celebrityesque shirt selling players to individuals who complement the squad. There has been a recent spate of contract renewals (with high-buy-out clauses) which also lends itself to establishing a sense of continuity and stability at the club. With so much money in the game, the tying up of talented players will go someway in keeping the likes of PSG and rich Premier League clubs at bay.
It was a blow that both Morata and Pepe left the club during the summer. The striker moving on after feeling he was behind Benzema in the pecking order and his departure was reminiscent of that of Higuaín and Chicharito. I understand the logic for letting Pepe go. The defender demanding a two year extension and the club just prepared to offer one. His move to Besiktas has left the central defensive position looking light in terms of depth. Morata's sale did see 80 million euro added to the club's income and the next task ahead for Florentino is the much anticipated Santiago Bernabéu stadium improvement. The financial outlay required for this process was one of the key reasons the club shied away from the pursuit of Kylian Mbappé with many observers lamenting not having sold Bale...
Real Madrid "femenino" ?
The only source of protest coming from today's assembly today could emanate from those season ticket holders who were forced to be re-located in the stadium due to the change of position of the RMCF Fans group from the fourth to the first tier. I'd also be anxious to see some of the "socio" push Florentino on the subject of a Real Madrid women's football team which is now.long overdue. This week saw a women's game in the weekly quiniela (pools cupon) and it's time for the president to move on from his stark ‘no’ without the subject being debated. In a recent radio interview with El Larguero however there were hints that he was warming to the idea. I feel that it's a more pressing matter rather than turn the Bernabeu into the sardine tin mock-ups suggest it will be. There's room for the club to explore both avenues as with it's ongoing evolution, the women's game in Spain needs a Real Madrid team.