By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 14:11 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 14:11 BST, 5 June 2019
Luka Jovic's arrival will not be the end of Karim Benzema as Zinedine Zidane gets ready to go 4-4-2 at Real Madrid next season.
With Real Madrid paying more for Jovic than they have ever paid for a centre-forward in the club's history it could be interpreted as the final curtain for Benzema as he prepares for his 11th season at the club.
But Zidane loves his compatriot. And Florentino Perez, who signed him 10 years ago from Lyon as a 21-year-old, still looks back at that particular deal as one of his best.
The £62million fee for Luka Jovic is the largest amount Real Madrid have ever paid for a striker
Manager Zinedine Zidane is looking to play Jovic up top with Karim Benzema next season
Last season was one of his most productive for Real Madrid. 'Everyone was below the best apart from Benzema,' said Perez in a radio interview last week.
With those two on his side and having scored 30 goals last season Benzema will survive the arrival of the 21-year-old Serbian international.
Nor is it the case that Madrid have spent £62million on someone who is only going to be on the bench. The club are not in a position to pay so much for substitutes.
The solution for Zidane, as he tries to keep Benzema but add a penalty box predator to the mix, will be the change of system that he hinted at towards the end of the last campaign.
The 4-3-3 that Madrid played almost without interruption since