sport news Zinedine Zidane sent a clear message to the board by not bringing Luka Jovic on ...

's attack looked blunt in their goalless opener but there was still no spot for £58m man Luka Jovic... Zinedine Zidane sent a clear message to the board by not bringing him on Luka Jovic has struggled for form since arriving at in summer 2019 The £58m man was left on the bench for 's goalless opening game Zinedine Zidane opted to bring on two youngsters instead of the Serbian striker It was clear message to the board that Zidane does not want to keep Jovic at club

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 20:00 BST, 21 September 2020 | Updated: 20:00 BST, 21 September 2020

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Luka Jovic is available on loan this summer - that was the clearest conclusion to be drawn from 's opening day 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad.

The 22-year-old Serbian international, who scored 17 goals in 32 appearances in the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt the season before last and 10 in 14 Europa League matches, was left on the bench on Sunday night as 's blunt attack failed to break down Real Sociedad's defence.

Zidane requested the signing of Jovic for £58million in the summer of 2019 but instead of turning to him to break the stalemate he put on 20-year-old winger Marvin Park and 18-year-old attacking midfielder Sergio Arribas. His message could not have been clearer.

Luka Jovic (left) did not come on in Real Madrid's goalless draw against Real Sociedad

Luka Jovic (left) did not come on in 's goalless draw against Real Sociedad

Jovic joined Real Madrid - at the request of Zinedine Zidane - for £58million in summer of 2019

Jovic joined - at the request of Zinedine Zidane - for £58million in summer of 2019

The Serbian striker has been left out in the cold and will be available to loan this summer

The Serbian striker has been left out in the cold and will be available to loan this summer

After the game Zidane said: 'I did not want to change the formation and Karim Benzema was playing well.' It was not the most convincing of explanations. Throwing Jovic on with Benzema and playing 4-4-2 looked the obvious plan B after plan A had impressed but failed to find the opening goal of the season.

Park, who was at Tranmere as a kid before moving back to Spain in his early teens and under-18 prospect Arribas are both highly thought of but once the season is in full flow they are unlikely to feature again. 

This felt like a message from Zidane. He has moved on Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez and now he wants shot of someone else he does not see a future for at .

Zidane's decision to ship out Rodriguez, Bale and Sergio Reguilon has already come under scrutiny. Don't think Marca's headline last week: 'Zidane gets his way', was anything other than a clear message to the Madrid manager: you have given up on

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