With the closing of the winter transfer window, Real Madrid can say goodbye to the FIFA sanction which stopped them from buying players during January.
Imposed a year ago, Los Blancos managed to get the punishment reduced from two windows to just the current one after appeal.
Zinedine Zidane hadn’t planned to sign any new players in this window in any event, but the fact that FIFA didn’t completely revoke the sanction and only reduced it hasn’t set well with those in the upper echelons of the club.
They consider that Real have committed no irregularity relating to minors, so the penalty is unfair.
When the summer window opens names like Dybala and Aubameyang will be on the lips of supporters keen to see Zidane strengthen the first XI.