Julen Lopetegui happy with Real Madrid squad, dismisses need for new signings

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Julen Lopetegui is content with his first-team options.

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is happy with the players he has available at his disposal on the dawn of the new La Liga season.

The Whites face Getafe on Sunday night in their opener but following last week’s UEFA Super Cup final defeat to Atletico Madrid, there has been plenty of speculation the Spanish giants could seek emergency reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut on August 31.

Los Blancos have long been linked with a swoop for Chelsea‘s Eden Hazard as well as further striking reinforcements, however, it looks unlikely there will be any more incomings.

“We’re convinced that we will be a great team this season and I love the squad and I’m happy with what we have,” Lopetegui said in his pre-match press conference.

“I think we will see a great Real Madrid and we are going to fight for all of the titles with the players we have.

“They have more talent and quality than people think and I wouldn’t doubt them.”

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Gareth Bale, Isco ready to step into Cristiano Ronaldo's shoes as Real Madrid's new stars

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Real Madrid are looking for a new icon following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

New coach Julen Lopetegui has stressed the need for a top team spirit but there will be no shortage of stars jostling for the vacancy.

Here, Press Association Sport casts its eye over five of the most likely candidates to replace the irreplaceable Portuguese playmaker.

Marco Asensio

The young striker has been with Real since 2014 and now is his chance to step up to the plate. Asensio is sharp and fleet-footed and has scored a number of noteable goals in the past. But the big question remains whether he can attain the required consistency to come close to stepping into Ronaldo’s shoes.

Marco Asensio.

Marco Asensio.

Gareth Bale

Bale’s stunning performance in the Champions League final was seen by some as a glorious send-off. But Bale is still at the Bernabeu and will be given his chance to shine by new boss Lopetegui. Freed from the constraints of feeding his illustrious number seven, the Welshman could be set to seize his chance.

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Isco

The attacking midfielder certainly got himself in Lopetegui’s good books by returning early for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. And the signs are that Lopetegui is set to resist the temptation to return to the transfer market and put his faith in the young star.

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Lucas Vazquez

The 27-year-old has spent much of his Real Madrid career in the shadows but can expect to get his chance to shine in the new post-Ronaldo era. But if he wants to rise to top-billing he will have to score more than the single goal he managed during the entirety of Real’s victorious Champions League campaign.

1110 Lucas Vazquez

Vinicius Junior

The young Brazilian could be the next Galactico in waiting – but Real fans may have to be a little patient. Vinicius arrives with rave reviews from his time in his homeland and expressed his faith in Lopetegui – who is likely to gradually ease him into the first team in order to maximise his exciting potential.

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Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui convinced his squad is strong enough to win silverware

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Julen Lopetegui is happy with his squad

Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui insists they are not in desperate need to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.

Questions were raised whether Los Blancos need reinforcements following their 4-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday as well as the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Lopetegui says he is pleased with the strength of his squad ahead of their opening La Liga match against Getafe on Sunday.

“We’re convinced that we will be a great team this season and I love the squad and I’m happy with what we have,” Lopetegui said.

“I think we will see a great Real Madrid and we are going to fight for all of the titles with the players we have.

“They have more talent and quality than people think and I wouldn’t doubt them.”

The transfer window closes on August 31.

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