February 01, 2018

Real Madrid, the only La Liga side to neither sign nor sell a player during January

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The exception that proves the rule. The January transfer window tends to be the period during which teams look to solve their problems, but Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane instead opted to keep faith in his squad.

Real Madrid were the only team in the whole of La Liga that saw no movement in or out during the month of January. Not only did 'Los Blancos' not sign a single player, but they didn't allow anyone to leave either, not even on a temporary basis.

The other 19 Spanish top-flight sides all dipped their toe into the water, despite the old adage that January is "the worst time to buy". Clubs moved on players that were no longer wanted, fallen stars on big wages and youngsters needing first-team experience and brought in reinforcements in a bid to meet their end-of-season targets.

For example, Barca's direct rivals Barcelona, Valencia and Atletico Madrid all brought in quality to strengthen their sides before the window slammed shut on Wednesday night.

Furthermore, they also thinned out their squad by allowing the deadwood to leave, thus creating space for new additions or simply lowering the wage bill.

Not Zidane though, The Frenchman opted to trust in his players to get themselves out of the same preidcament they got themselves into. An act of faith that he hopes will revitalise his side ahead of the run-in.

The exception that proves the rule. The January transfer window tends to be the period during which teams look to solve their problems, but Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane instead opted to keep faith in his squad.

Real Madrid were the only team in the whole of La Liga that saw no movement in or out during the month of January. Not only did 'Los Blancos' not sign a single player, but they didn't allow anyone to leave either, not even on a temporary basis.

The other 19 Spanish top-flight sides all dipped their toe into the water, despite the old adage that January is "the worst time to buy". Clubs moved on players that were no longer wanted, fallen stars on big wages and youngsters needing first-team experience and brought in reinforcements in a bid to meet their end-of-season targets.

For example, Barca's direct rivals Barcelona, Valencia and Atletico Madrid all brought in quality to strengthen their sides before the window slammed shut on Wednesday night.

Furthermore, they also thinned out their squad by allowing the deadwood to leave, thus creating space for new additions or simply lowering the wage bill.

Not Zidane though, The Frenchman opted to trust in his players to get themselves out of the same preidcament they got themselves into. An act of faith that he hopes will revitalise his side ahead of the run-in.