Real Madrid starts presenting new squad with Jovic
Frankfurt's Luka Jovic in action during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Inter Milan in Frankfurt Main, Germany, Mar. 7, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/ARMANDO BABANI
Madrid, Jun 11 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid was gearing up to present its new Serbia forward Luka Jovic, a fresh addition in Zinedine Zidane's efforts to overhaul the squad during the summer transfer window following a disappointing season in all competitions.
The 21-year-old Jovic joined the La Liga heavyweight on June 4 from Eintracht Frankfurt on a six-season deal reportedly worth 60 million euros ($67.9 million).
Madrid said in a statement that "Jovic will be presented tomorrow, Wednesday June 12, at 1 pm, in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium."
"Afterwards, Jovic will step out on to the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid C.F. jersey and will speak to the media in the press room," the club added.
The Spanish powerhouse waxed lyrical about their new signing's performance with his national side against Lithuania on Monday evening, where he helped Serbia to a 4-1 win.
"The madridista got his name on the scoresheet with a sweetly struck effort from outside the box in the 35th minute," Madrid said on its website, saying he had "further extended the fine season he's had as a new Real Madrid forward."
Jovic attracted attention from several top European clubs with his strong performance this season. He was Zidane's second signing this summer, after Brazil defender Eder Militao.
The Serb not only received plaudits for his Bundesliga showing, where his team finished seventh but it also in the Europa League, where 10 goals from the 21-year-old helped edge Eintracht through to the semis.
Jovic joined Red Star Belgrade's youth academy aged seven and made his first-team debut there nine years later, when erstwhile head coach Slavisa Stojanovic sent him onto the pitch in the 73rd minute, while his team was trailing 3-2 on the scoreboard against FK Vojvodina on May 28, 2014, the final day of the Serbian SuperLiga.
Red Star Belgrade needed a point to bag the league.
Three minutes after taking the field, Jovic secured it with a debut goal, becoming the youngest player to find the back of the net in the history of the Serbian side.
Having shone in Serbia and helped his team to win two league championships, Jovic joined Portuguese side Benfica for seven million euros.
With Benfica, he made his UEFA Champions League debut but, lacking playing minutes, Jovic was forced to look elsewhere.
It came in the summer of 2017 when he was transferred on a two-season loan contract to Eintracht Frankfurt, who had a purchase option for six million euros. EFE