‘A mountain has been made from a grain of sand’: Real Madrid stand by Luka Jovic after Serbian broke club-enforced quarantine to fly home during coronavirus chaos
- Luka Jovic has been criticised for flying back to his homeland Serbia in March
- Real Madrid insist they won’t punish Jovic and see him a vital part of their future
- Jovic has had an underwhelming debut campaign at Madrid after £57m move
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
Real Madrid are standing by Luka Jovic after his decision to break club-enforced quarantine by flying back to Serbia.
Jovic flew back to his homeland on March 12 despite Madrid telling their players to self isolate in quarantine to avoid contracting coronavirus.
The 22-year-old was warned about his conduct by the Serbian government upon his arrival back home but Madrid won’t be taking further action against him.
Real Madrid are standing by Luka Jovic after he broke club-enforced quarantine and flew home
Jovic reportedly informed Madrid he would be returning home prior to boarding his flight
AS has reported that Jovic informed the club that he would be flying home, while officials are also confident that he will fulfil his potential after a poor debut season.
The striker joined Madrid in a £57 million move from Benfica after two prolific seasons on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but has scored just twice this term.
Luka Jovic 19/20
La Liga appearances: 15
A club source told AS: ‘Luka is at the perfect age to grow as a footballer and as a person, he signed a contract until 2025 and we are counting on him.
‘He did nothing without knowledge of Real Madrid and the local police of their country were informed of their arrival. A mountain has been made from a grain of sand.
‘The first year is not easy for anyone due to its adaptation to a new country, language and culture, but we know its potential and nobody doubts its possibilities here.’
Madrid still have faith Jovic will fulfil his potential after a nightmare debut season at Madrid
Jovic’s lack of goals has been partly down to a lack of playing time at the Bernabeu – though he has made 15 appearances in La Liga he has completed 90 minutes only once.
That appearance came against Granada back in September and Madrid believe he will eventually replicate his previous goalscoring form.
‘You can make a list of players who at the age of 21 or 22 seemed stagnant and who with 25 were in the world top ten. It takes time.’