Zidane: The Legacy Man
The signing of Betis' Dani Ceballos marked an important switch by Real Madrid from their famous Galacticos policy of signing at least one major name each year. While there is still plenty of time left in this transfer window, it's clear that Zizou has his mind set on transforming Madrid's transfer policy - for the better.
The glory days of the Galaticos ended a while back now but Madrid still lead the way in big name signings capturing the likes of James, Bale and Ronaldo for massive / record breaking fees. While the fans might want to see the club splurge on a lavish acquisition like the likes of Hazard of Mbappe, taking an objective look at the Real Madrid squad tells you they really don't need to.
Madrid are just after finishing the season having achieved the double - winning both la Liga and the Champions League, the latter saw them make history and manage to retain the trophy in back to back seasons. While there is obviously no shortage in cash, it would be foolish to simply spend for the sake of spending, especially when the squad is already at its strongest. Adding in another superstar could do more harm than good at this stage.
What is needed now, and what I'm pretty sure Zidane has in mind, is something which few Madrid managers are able to do - plan for the future. The Los Blancos managerial position is one of the most unforgiving roles in modern football. On one hand it's almost impossible to please the board. If you win the league you'll be sacked for failing to win the Champions League. If you win the Champions league you'll be sacked for letting arch rivals Barcelona or Atletico beat them to the league title. On the other hand, its a guaranteed massive pay day after a year or two.
Zidane seems to be proving the exception. He is both a club legend and a great manager and has successfully guided the club to the double and making history in the progress. It seems he has actually exceeded the ridiculously high expectations of the Madrid manager role and is now in a position to plan for the future. That future for the moment at least, is devoid of Superstars, instead focusing on youth and budding talent.
Madrid have signed two great prospects in the form of Hernandez and Ceballos and also welcome back Vallejo and Llorente from their loans to bolster the squad further. You add these young talents the likes of Isco, Asensio, Carvajal, Morata, and Varane and you have an insanely talented and youthful squad which is set up to be a dominant force well into the next decade.
What is needed now is not another Galactico, but for the superstars present in the team at the moment to become mentors to the next generation and help guide them into the players Madrid would sign for €100m ie: The rarely seen home grown Galactico.
Zidane is showing great vision and a strong business head in the transfer market and looks to be moving towards creating a legacy rather than just putting down a two year stint and taking the pay out. This is Real Madrid however and no matter what you accomplish, you are only one bad result away from a massive shift in opinion and suddenly, you're managing Bray Wanderers.