Real Madrid, trophy-less
for the last two years, cannot go another season without winning
anything, said club vice president and former striker Emilio Butragueno.
Real, feted for their expensive array of stars that include Zinedine
Zidane, Raul, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, David Beckham and Luis Figo, last
won the Spanish league in 2003 but were left empty-handed in both the
2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons.
"We have just spent two years without winning anything and the coming
season cannot be the same," Butragueno told Marca newspaper on Monday.
"We cannot have another year without winning anything. We have an
obligation to win. It's always like that."
Real's Brazilian coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, under contract until 2006,
promised "beautiful football for the coming season" during a television
interview late Sunday.
He refused to add his voice to any transfer speculation, but did comment
on those players most rumoured with a move to the Spanish giants, who
are guaranteed a second-place finish in this season's La Liga which ends
"Media speaks of many players. I don't know. I say nothing. It's clear
that (Santos striker) Robinho is a great player. When he's played two
years in Europe, he'll be the best in the world.
"(Real Betis winger) Joaquin has many qualities. He is quick and good
off two feet," said Luxemburgo.
The Brazilian also commented on Figo, who has been reported to be
leaving Real after being relegated to the substitutes' bench for recent
"Figo is a very good player and he still has a year on his contract with
Madrid to run. Figo has not left."