Luka Jovic is still linked with a move to Arsenal, and now the Real Madrid forward is considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.
Last month, Defensa Central reported that the Gunners were interested in signing the 23-year-old striker, who is valued at £18m at Transfermarkt.
Now, a new report from the same news outlet claims that Jovic is seriously considering a move from Real Madrid, as the Serbia international struggles to get match time under Los Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Jovic has only appeared seven times in all competitions for Real Madrid so far this season, and every one of those matches has been off the bench.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the Serbian striker is said to be looking for a way out of the Bernabeu, even though he still has less than four years on his contract in the Spanish capital.
Prior to his move to Madrid, Jovic had been tossing them from all angles at German club Eintracht Frankfurt, but for whatever reason, since his £56m move in the summer of 2019, things haven’t quite worked out for the striker in Spain.
However, he is clearly still highly rated, and Lionel Messi – arguably the greatest footballer of all time – called Jovic a “magician” when he spoke of the Real Madrid striker last year.
When discussing the 15 best rising talents in European football as part of the Topps football cards campaign, according to the Sport Bible, Messi said this to Jovic:[He is] A magical player who makes the impossible possible.”
Real Madrid boss Ancelotti does not want Jovic to leave, with the former Everton boss insisting the striker is “happy” to play football in the Spanish capital.
“I think Jovic is fine and I am happy to be here,” Ancelotti said in an interview with Jovic earlier in the week. “I try to give him all the love possible.
“He is a player that I love as a striker. And he knows it. He has the best striker in the world in front of him in Benzema. He has to believe that he will get his chance and that he can recover well.”
Jovic has been criticized since his arrival at Real Madrid and responded to those messages during the summer, insisting that “he did not arrive at Real Madrid by chance”.
Speaking to Informer, the Real Madrid man said: “I haven’t spoken to the new coach [Carlo] Ancelotti about my situation. The preparation has begun and I am doing everything I can every moment, trying to impose myself and be the best possible preparation for the new season.
“I try to make a positive impression and show my best. A lot of things have happened in recent years.
“I’m sure I could have done better, but I want everything to go well in the end. I didn’t get to Real Madrid by chance.”