The 33-year-old’s ‘Real dream’ has come true…he’s signed on the dotted line and the journey continues

October 18, 2023 | by

Real Madrid have decided to keep Joselu, 33, for life.

“Real will keep Joselu,” Spain’s Sport reported on Monday (April 18). After a good start to the season, Real have decided to exercise their purchase option on Joselu,” the report said.

“Joselu is making the most of his opportunities. He has taken advantage of Vinicius Junior’s injury and Hodriguez’s poor form to rotate between the bench and the starting lineup, and he has convinced the Real coaching staff with five goals in 11 games. In fact, we could have scored a few more, but a couple of shots went narrowly wide and we also missed a penalty.”

Finally, “Real have decided to pay the €1.5 million that was marked as a purchase option in the contract with Espanyol. This is a very low amount for a club like Real. Joselu is a Real Youth product and understands the club perfectly, so he has adapted quickly both on and off the field.”

Joselu came up through the Real youth ranks. However, he didn’t make much of an impression and only managed to play one game in La Liga in 2010-11 and one in the Copa del Rey in 2011-12. Eventually, he opted to move on, with stops at Hoffenheim, Hannover, Stoke City, and Newcastle United.

A late breakthrough. Joselu scored 14 goals in 37 La Liga games for Deportivo Alaves in the 2021-22 season. He then switched to Espanyol, where he scored 16 goals in 34 league games in 2022-23.

This summer’s transfer window presented an unexpected opportunity. Real, in need of a striker following the departure of Karim Benzema, made an offer. Joselu quickly accepted, and the loan move was finalized. The loan was worth €500,000 and the outright transfer cost only €1.5 million.

“I feel like a little kid,” Joselu told the club. It’s every soccer player’s dream and I’ve had the opportunity to come here in the past. I always dreamed of coming back here. I’m happy to be back at Real,” he said. Joselu was so emotional during the ceremony that he even shed a tear.

In truth, there weren’t many expectations for Joselu. The 33-year-old striker had bounced around mid-table clubs before joining, so it was hard to expect much from him. But he’s been in incredible form in the league, scoring five goals and adding two assists. Recently, he scored in three consecutive games. 안전놀이터

It’s clear that Real are impressed. The season hasn’t even ended yet and they’ve decided to make an outright offer. Another dream come true for Joselu.


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