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Jovic signing kicks off Real rebuilding project, says Perez

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Jovic signing kicks off Real rebuilding project, says Perez
Soccer Football - Real Madrid Unveil Luka Jovic - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - June 12, 2019 Real Madrid new signing Luka Jovic during a press conference REUTERS/Susana Vera   -   Copyright  SUSANA VERA(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – The signing of Serbia striker Luka Jovic marks the beginning of a “new project” for Real Madrid as they look to return to winning ways next season, club president Florentino Perez said on Wednesday.

Jovic, who joins from Eintracht Frankfurt, is one of Real’s three major signings so far after an embarrassing campaign in which they did not win a trophy, sacked two coaches and finished 19 points adrift of La Liga champions Barcelona.

“This is the start of a new project for the next season,” Perez told reporters before Jovic was presented to fans in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium as a Madrid player.

“We know we have to work hard because the results have not been what we expected.

“This club never gives up and we will prove it. It was unique and magical to win four Champions League titles in five years… but now we have the responsibility and mission to return to winning ways.”

Madrid have also recruited Belgian forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea and Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Porto, while French left-back Ferland Mendy is also reported to be on his way to the Spanish capital from Olympique Lyonnais.

Jovic signed a six-year contract with Madrid after an impressive season with Eintracht, where he scored 17 goals in 32 Bundesliga matches last season and another 10 in 14 Europa League games as they reached the semi-finals.

“I’m the happiest guy in the world to sign for such a big club,” the 21-year-old said.

“I’m very excited and sure I made the right decision. I will give everything to help Real Madrid to win more trophies and titles.”

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Keith Weir)

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