Friday 21 October 2016

Benitez promises new faces amid De Gea link

New coach Rafael Benitez has said Real Madrid will be bringing in more reinforcements this summer, but has not divulged who they might be or which players might be on their way out.

Real have already drafted in Brazilian pair Danilo and Casemiro from Porto this month - the latter returning from a loan spell - and in his first interview since his unveiling, Benitez (pictured) says more additions are on the way.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is somebody who has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu, but Benitez is keeping specifics to a minimum about the club's activities in the transfer market.

"Of course there will be," Benitez said when asked about new arrivals.

"Danilo and Casemiro, for example, are players that will be very important and the club works every day to try to increase the level of this team with other signings that will help us face the challenges that await us. But let me just say that to improve the current Real Madrid side is enormously difficult.

"This team has won it all and has proved the level it has.

"The fans can be certain that the team will have the level of competitiveness that this club demands."

De Gea's contract with United runs out next year and the 24-year-old former Atletico Madrid player is being touted as a long-term replacement for veteran Iker Casillas at Real.

A recent development in that story has seen speculation that United could try and sign Real defender Sergio Ramos as part of the deal, with the Spain international's current deal expiring in June 2017.

Benitez, who is currently staying at his family home in Liverpool, says he has spoken to all of his players - including Ramos and Casillas - but has not made public anything about what their futures might hold.

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