Speaking at the presentation of new signing Alvaro Odriozola, Perez said: “We have a great squad that is going to be reinforced with fantastic players.
“Alvaro was clear about where he wanted to play. He will never forget that Real Madrid never gives up and here we want you to be happy.
“This is the dream and the great challenge of your career, thank you for choosing us.”
The departures of both Zidane and Ronaldo came as shocks to the club and its fanbase, but Perez insisted that there will be no drop in standards for a side which has won the Champions League a record three times in a row.
“No one believed that we would be able to win another Champions League,” he continued.
“We are the only club to win the European Cup in football and basketball in the same year.
“The challenge is remaining loyal to our identity and seeking success because we have impeccable solidity as an institution.
“Our successes have been thanks to the team spirit and our values, and we are aware of the level of demand we have.
“Real Madrid always want more and each title is the first step towards the next.”
The NBA’s MVP posted a picture of him alongside the Real Madrid star to his Instagram, with the caption “Nights like this…”
In light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112 million transfer to Juventus, Real Madrid’s main concern – even over the lost of their most marketable asset – is the void he leaves in the goals scored column.
The Portuguese was a goal-machine in his nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu and left the club as their all-time leading scorer.
His incredible tally of 450 goals in just 438 games boggles the mind and confirms his place among Madrid’s greatest players. His legend will live long into this storied club’s future.
New manager Julen Lopetegui will look around at the talented group of players at his service and know that it’s unlikely any will be able to replicate the 50-goals-per-season output that Ronaldo phenomenally delivered.
In fact, Karim Benzema is the next in line for goals scored. With 192 strikes in 412 games, the misfiring striker has more goals than any other player at the club while no one betters his average of 0.46 goals per game.
The Frenchman boasts an output of 21 goals a season but only managed 12 across all competitions last term.
Gareth Bale however, matches Benzema’s goals ratio with 0.46 per game as well but that rate has been compiled only over the last five seasons during which he’s scored 88 goals.
There’s then a huge gulf between the Welshman and Marco Asensio who is the next in line with 21 goals in 91 games at a rate of 0.23 per game. The Spaniard is then followed by his compatriots Isco (0.17 per game) and Lucas Vazquez (0.11 per game).
With Ronaldo gone though, Benzema can be more focused on scoring himself rather than creating opportunities or space for the Portuguese’s benefit. That should help the 30-year-old rediscover his best goalscoring form.
Meanwhile, Bale should see more chances come his way as well and is likely to establish himself in the first XI – a position he was often denied in the previous couple of seasons.
However, it would be ideal if Madrid signed a new striker as well as another goalscoring attacking midfielder or winger to give them a boost especially with rumours of Napoli targeting Benzema doing the rounds.