Real Madrid His level was doubted before joining
Fede Valverde‘s unexpected emergence in Real Madrid‘s starting XI has a precedent and the Uruguayan’s rise reflects that of Milan Jankovic‘s time at the club.
It’s clear that the players are very different, one more physical and the other far more technical and an organiser. Valverde has grown into his position, whereas Jankovic burst onto the scene.
The similarities in their arrivals are more based on general opinion, with most believing that their levels were some way short of Los Blancos‘.
Valverde‘s time in the capital has only begun, while Jankovic lasted just a season and a half but it was enough to leave a lasting mark.
Despite being an international with Yugoslavia, Milan Jankovic wasn’t a household name in 1987, at 27. He met Real Madrid with Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup quarter-finals and then got his move to become one of only two foreigners allowed.
“He’s a player with a lot of ideas and it won’t take him long to adapt to Spanish football,” coach Leo Beenhaker said.
“Ten minutes are enough to see he has the level needed for Madrid,” Hugo Sanchez added.
The 1987/88 season was a lot tougher for him. His knee injuries plagued him and caused issues and the competition mounted. Two two foreign places has to go to Bernd Schuster or Jankovic and the undroppable Hugo Sanchez.
Jankovic left the following season, leaving his mark despite playing just 57 matches and he ended up retiring at 30 due to mental health problems.