Real Madrid won LaLiga Santander last season and did so quite comfortably in the end, which is why the members of the first-team squad don’t understand the calls for the club to make new signings this summer.
That debate has been amplified after Real Madrid dropped points in their 2020/21 opener against Real Sociedad, but the players point out that they hadn’t had much preparation ahead of that game.
They believe that the current squad has what it takes to challenge on all fronts again this season.
Led by captain Sergio Ramos, there is a winning mentality in the dressing room and they’re convinced that no new signings are needed – a different message to the dressing room’s stance in some previous summers.
Players have spoken behind closed doors of how 22 different players scored last season, a season in which Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio were sidelined for the most part.
There’s also the fact that some players wouldn’t look favourably on summer transfers being made when they had to reduce their salary last season due to the coronavirus lockdown, when they had to forfeit bonuses for winning the league title and when they have another potential pay cut on the horizon.
With all of this in mind, Real Madrid have been adamant all summer that there won’t be any signings apart from the return of some loanees and the players agree with this strategy.
There is harmony at the club, between the players and the board and between the players and Zinedine Zidane.
Of course, those who aren’t playing as much won’t be as happy, but there is great respect for Zidane.
The exit of Gareth Bale has also removed a player who wasn’t connected, while Martin Odegaard has been welcomed with open arms.