Cristiano Ronaldo is surprised to have seen Real Madrid allow Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso leave over the summer.
Over the course of two presidency spells at Santiago Bernabeu, Florentino Perez has made high-profile acquisitions a top priority â with big-money moves made on an annual basis.
The latest transfer window has proved no different, with Real bringing in Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez and landing Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan.
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While the quality they bring is without question, their arrivals have forced others towards the exit.
Di Maria, an important creative influence and leading assist maker, has departed for Manchester United, while World Cup-winning midfielder Alonso has been allowed to join Bayern Munich.
Both men have played a leading role in maintaining Ronaldo’s prolific strike rate in Madrid and the Portugal international admits it is too early to tell whether Perez’s changes will help or hinder last season’s UEFA Champions League winners.
He said: "I have strong opinions but I can’t always say what I think. Otherwise it would be on the front page and I don’t want that.