Zinedine Zidane has admitted for the first time Real Madrid attempted to sign another striker last summer and his squad may be short up front.
Alvaro Morata and Mariano Diaz departed for Chelsea and Lyon respectively, with Borja Mayoral’s return from a loan spell at Wolfsburg the only replacement.
“Looking at our squad, we may be missing a number nine,” Zidane told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the clash with APOEL.
“I would have liked Morata to stay but he wanted to play more first-team football elsewhere, which was his decision.
“We tried to get in another player, last year we had Morata and Mariano and now only Mayoral is in the squad.
“Mayoral was not in the squad against Levante but that was my decision and he will be a part of our group on Wednesday – he is hungry.
“We’re happy to have Ronaldo back – physically he is very fit and mentally with all that has happened, with all the talk, he is in a good place.”