Luka Jovic revelled in his two-goal return for Eintracht Frankfurt after struggling at LaLiga champions Real Madrid.
Jovic re-joined Eintracht on loan until the end of the season, having endured a difficult start to his Madrid career – the Serbia international only scored twice in 32 appearances under Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish capital, where he arrived for €60million in 2019.
But a return to Frankfurt appears to be the perfect tonic for Jovic, who came off the bench and scored twice in 28 minutes as Eintracht defeated Schalke 3-1 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Jovic matched his Madrid tally in the stunning cameo for Eintracht, where the 23-year-old netted 27 goals in 2018-19 before making the move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Amazing feeling! Victory, two goals. Couldn’t have imagined a better comeback,” Jovic wrote via Instagram post-match.
“I hope this is only the beginning and that the best is yet to come. Thank you all for your support.
“I want to dedicate my first goal to a great professional, an amazing leader, a true friend, a great man that I’ve been honoured to share the field with, our captain @davidabraham1986 [who retired].
“The second goal I dedicate to a great Eintracht fan that has recently passed away and left his loving wife and three kids. Rest In Peace.”
— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_us) January 17, 2021
Jovic played a key role in Eintracht’s remarkable 2018-19 campaign as the German club reached the Europa League semi-finals, after initially being shipped to Deutsche Bank Park in 2017 on a two-year loan deal from Portuguese powerhouse Benfica.
After scoring nine goals in his first season with Eintracht as the team celebrated DFB-Pokal glory, the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Fredi Bobic eventually triggered a purchase option reportedly worth €6m in 2019 to sign Jovic before making a significant profit on that investment.
Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter added: “It was incredibly important for Luka to return to where he had his best period and feels happy. You can tell that’s been the case from day one.
“For him to score two such lovely goals speaks volumes about his quality. That sort of thing isn’t always easy to explain.”