As Rafael Benitez gets his feet under the table in the head office at the Santiago Bernabeu, his immediate focus will be putting his stamp on this under-performing crop of players.
Inevitably there will be a freshening up of the squad and one or two players will be relieved of their duties. The future of Karim Benzema will likely come up for discussion again. The Frenchman has had to deal with speculation for at least the last two transfer windows and this summer it will be no different.
Indeed, moves are already afoot for Florentino Perez to make another "Galactico" signing this summer, and the name already in the frame and under serious consideration is Sergio Aguero.
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Should Perez succeed in securing the services of a player who once played for their cross-town rivals Atletico, then it would almost certainly spell the end of Benzema's time in Madrid.
It's an extremely short-sighted viewpoint for a number of reasons. Whilst there is no doubting Aguero's qualities in the penalty box, he is not a target man. Benzema can not only be considered as such but also possesses qualities not usually associated with a more robust sort of centre-forward.
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Real would need to completely change the style of play to accommodate Aguero's skill set.
Although it would be a side issue for Benitez to deal with, Aguero lives for goals, and won't think twice at wanting to become the Pichichi. With Cristiano Ronaldo known to be king-pin, it's hardly likely that he will be happy at being knocked into second place in goalscoring terms.
Benzema, whilst scoring goals, is more than happy to turn provider. That's something that doesn't enter the Argentine's vocabulary. A pure goalscorer who deigns to no one.
Ronaldo's relationship with Benzema also needs to be addressed. The two get on remarkably well and dressing room harmony is something that is often overlooked. It's entirely possible that Ronaldo's nose will be immediately put out of joint if the Frenchman is dispensed with at the drop of a hat.
Away from personal issues, Benzema can't really have done too much more to retain his place in the side. Goals aplenty, enough chances to keep his paymasters and the demanding fans happy. What else is Benzema supposed to do?
15 goals, as well as 10 assists, is a fine return from a player that has the skill to play right across the front three if required. Aguero's 26 Premier League goals is certainly an upgrade, but do Real really need a pure goalscorer? You'd have to say no. 118 goals in the league in 2014/15 is testament to that.
Losing Benzema could be Benitez's first, and biggest, mistake.
Real Madrid fans, what do you think? Would Benitez be right to sell Benzema or should he keep him at all costs? Let us know in the comments box below.
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