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Eintracht Frankfurt have confirmed the signing of Luka Jovic on a six-month loan deal from Real Madrid, as MARCA first reported, just 18 months after Los Blancos paid 60 million euros to bring the Serbian striker to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old returns to the club where he made his name prior to joining Real Madrid, and there is no option to buy included in the deal.
? Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_eng) January 14, 2021
Jovic saw himself fall further down Zinedine Zidane‘s pecking order, with Mariano Diaz becoming Karim Benzema‘s backup, as he failed to take any of the opportunities given to him.
Zidane even looked to tailor his formations in order to accommodate Jovic, switching the usual 4-3-3 into a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 with Benzema as the No.10 and Jovic up top. Yet, despite this, the form that he showed at Eintracht in the 2018/19 season never appeared.
This season, Jovic has played in just five games – four in LaLiga Santander and one in the Champions League – and this, coupled with his lack of harmony with Zidane, caused him to ask to leave. This was accepted by the Frenchman and the club’s players.
The fee paid for the Serbia international makes this a difficult pill to swallow, as he seemed like a sure bet upon his arrival in Madrid after having scored 27 goals in 48 games for Eintracht in 2018/19.
Jovic was wanted by almost all of Europe, including Barcelona, but his return of two goals in 32 appearances is far from what was expected. In addition, he has found himself embroiled in controversy off the pitch, while his struggles with Spanish made it difficult for him to integrate.
Now, he returns to Eintracht in the hope that he can turn things around. On June 30, he will head back to the Spanish capital and a decision will then be made about his future.
From Real Madrid‘s perspective, they expect Jovic to score goals again and regain his confidence, making him possibly useful in Zidane‘s squad next year, or they will look to sell him, although given the state of the market, recovering the 60 million euros that was paid for him is an impossible mission.