Real Madrid didn’t make any signings this past window. Could it be because of their history of bad January signings? Here are five of Los Blancos’ worst January deals.
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Despite their underwhelming season so far that has seen Real drop 19 points behind FC Barcelona and being dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes, Zinedine Zidane opted not to buy in January.
Looking at some of their worst January additions, as listed by Spanish publication AS, that might be understandable.
Thomas Gravesen arrived at the club in January 2005 and formed a midfield pairing with Zidane himself. However, many consider the aggressive midfielder as one of the worst buys in the club’s history. Not many remember much of his 49 appearances for Real, but rather his off-field battles with Robinho and Antonio Cassano. Gravesen left in August 2006 after one-and-a-half seasons.
The latter also fits the bill. He arrived for €5.5 million from AS Roma and was supposed to add more firepower to the side, but could only score four goals during 29 games at the Santiago Bernabeu. He was subsequently loaned out and left the club 2008.
Midfielder Gago arrived a year after Cassano and was supposed to inspire the side’s midfield. However, he failed to live up to the hype of his jersey number after many thought he could be the “new Redondo”. Gago, though, did stay at the club for four-and-a-half years and made 121 appearances.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar joined the club in January 2009, but his spell at the Bernabeu was very short. He was supposed to add more goals to the team competing with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in 2008/09, but it slipped Real’s attention that he wasn’t eligible to play UEFA Champions League after representing Ajax in the UEFA Europa League in the first half of the campaign. As a consequence Huntelaar left the club after just six months during which he scored eight goals in 20 matches.
Julien Faubert arrived in the same window as Huntelaar and also left with the Dutchman after just six months. Faubert just managed to play 54 minutes for Los Blancos and is considered as one of the worst ever transfers in the club’s history.
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