Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits they need to buy strikers this summer after their season finale with Athletic Bilbao.
Real drew 1-1 with Athletic, with the game marking the last for Karim Benzema. Marco Asensio will also leave, along with Mariano Diaz and Eden Hazard.
Ancelotti said: “Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos, who were coming to the end of their contracts, had a very clear idea of their role at Real Madrid in the future. I’ve explained it to them very clearly and the club has made them an extension offer. Marco preferred a change of scenery and Nacho and Dani are assessing it. I think from the signs that both of them will stay.
“I only had five changes and my objective was to win and finish second. Hazard and Mariano didn’t ask to come on and we gave them a good send-off. It was a different kind of farewell and I must clarify that they haven’t had the same limelight as the others, but they have been serious and professional right up to the last day. As professionals they’ve all the respect because they have conducted themselves well until the last day with the utmost professionalism.”
On the market, the coach said: “It’s apparent that today four forwards like Eden, Mariano, Asensio and Benzema are leaving. That’s where we have to act and we’re going to do so calmly. We have time to do it calmly. We’re looking for a striker who can score goals and link up well with the others. The profile of a striker bearing in mind that we have two youngsters up front who are starting to take more of a leading role. Vini Jr. from last year and Rodrygo has progressed more this year. He’ll be a forward who plays great football like Asensio or Karim.
“At the moment we only have two forwards, but I’m not worried at all because we have all the time we need to sort it out. You win games with and without forwards. Forwards are more likely to score, but it makes a difference when a team plays solidly, compactly, with effort and as a team.”