Benitez outlines Madrid objectives

Real Madrid Coach Rafa Benitez has made it clear that he will strive to create a balance of youth and experience in his squad.

The former Valencia and Liverpool boss has added just Danilo to his ranks since arriving from Napoli last month, a deal for the right-back being engineered back in April, but he insists Los Blancos’ struggles to make signings can be compensated by their surplus of young talent.

“The club always keep an eye on the market, but it’s not easy to find better players than we already have,” he said at a Press conference ahead of Madrid’s International Champions Cup campaign on Friday.

“Of course, I like to have many good players in my squad, but they’re not easy to find.

“It’s much harder now because there were fewer teams with economic power in the past.

“There’s a lot of competition in the market and very good salaries are already being paid to players.

“Beyond the market, we must look at what we have nearer to home. We have some of the best young players at European level.

“Only yesterday [Thursday], [Borja] Mayoral and [Marco] Asensio played important roles in [Spain] Under-19’s victory [over France].

“Here in Australia, we have [Jose Carlos] Lazo and [Diego] Llorente, along with Lucas Vazquez, who has returned to the club.

“As a Coach, I have to meet the objectives of the club, which are continuously winning trophies, while possibly creating a base with these young lads.

“I remember during my last spell at the club that we had 14 homegrown players in the first team and seven or eight were starters.”

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