This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Karim Benzema has been a huge part of Real Madrid’s legacy and he is definitely a big figure in the club. But his potential departure in the not so distant future could be more than just a hypothetical situation, especially considering Juninho Pernambucano’s latest words on the Frenchman. And if that were to happen, a door would suddenly open for Luka Jovic.
Juninho is currently the sporting director at Olympique Lyon, the club of Benzema’s youth, which was his only home before he joined Real Madrid back in 2009.
The now 31-year-old Frenchman ended up playing a total of 148 games for them, scoring 66 goals and assisting a further 26 in the process.
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And Juninho proclaimed that he would love having Benzema back, suggesting Lyon would be a great destination for him to end his career, play for two years and then coach the youth after that, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
But he also mentioned that the two had already exchanged some messages before so there might actually be something behind his words.
In a situation in which Benzema is indeed allowed to leave, one man would definitely blossom and finally get his chance.
Jovic arrived at Real Madrid as a high-potential striker for the future.
After all, he is just 21- years of age and already cost them a reported sum of about £53.2m, which could potentially become even higher if certain add-ons are met.
But even though he arrived with certain pedigree and reputation, having previously scored 36 goals and assisted nine in 75 games for his former side, and netting 27 goals and seven assists in 48 games for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018/19 alone, the young Serbian hasn’t really seen much of the pitch so far.
In fact, he can only boast with 319 minutes across all competitions for Los Blancos, making an appearance in a total of 11 games, scoring once in the process.
By all standards, not really an impressive tally.
That would, however, change if Benzema was suddenly out of his way. With nine goals and three assists in La Liga this season, the Frenchman has been a standard figure in the starting lineup and rightfully so.
But it also came on Jovic’s expense as he was the sole reason for the Serbian’s unfortunate tally.
With Benzema potentially leaving the club in the not so distant future, the 21-year-old could finally get his chance to shine.
Whether Real Madrid should actually part with the Frenchman or not is a story for another time.