When asked about any potential summer signing’s Real Madrid president Florentino Perez simply replied: “Sign a great player? We’ve got them all.”
And in many ways he is correct. Whilst the rumour mills will continue to churn out stories linking Madrid to a number of players, Real will be content if they don’t make a single signing this summer.
Because while Barcelona are in the midst of a major summer rebuild and Atletico Madrid are poised to lose prized asset Diego Costa, Real Madrid can rest easy knowing they already have a squad capable of competing on all fronts next season.
After 12 years and nearly £1 billion spent, Real Madrid were finally able to secure the Champions League with a 4-1 extra-time win over city rivals Atletico.
But with what many may believe to be the perfect squad, we are unlikely see such vast amounts of money spent so frequently by Madrid.
The addition of Gareth Bale to an already world class team has taken the squad to the next level. The Welshman is a hungry young player ready to take Ronaldo’s mantle, once the Portuguese is past his prime.
Not only do Real Madrid have two quality players for every position, but, many of them are still young players with many years left at the top. Real have average age of 26 with a good balance of youth and experience.
Madrid boast the league’s most potent attack, with 'BBC' proving a lethal combination. The trio of Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have hit 95 goals between them this season. Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez have also chipped in with nine goals each in their cameo appearances.
In midfield, Isco, Casemiro and Illaramendi are hungry young players keen to learn from more experienced squad members such as Xabi Alonso and Modric.
At the back, Dani Carvajal has flourished after a successful spell in Germany. And Raphael Varane has already shown himself to be first team quality, and will be a key cog in this side for years to come.
And in goal, they have two world class goalkeepers from which to choose, both with a few seasons left at the top.
Real owe a great deal of their youth success to their reserve side.
Castilla are churning out more and more talented young players, with those not making the grade going on to do well elsewhere, reducing Madrid’s reliance on their vast riches.
Dani Carvajal, Jese Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and Nacho have all broken into the first team after a stint with the reserves.
Real Madrid should be able to compete at the highest level for at least the next five seasons without a major signing; such is the quality, depth and youth of their squad.
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