Former Spain international raises serious concerns about Real Madrid choice of Rafa Benitez

Now trying his hand at punditry, Albert Luque hasn't held back his thoughts that Real Madrid have made the wrong managerial choice.

When he arrived at Newcastle United in 2005, fans expected great things from Spanish forward Albert Luque, who had excelled with his previous club, Deportivo La Coruña.

Unfortunately for The Magpies, he did everything but deliver the performances expected, after the club had splashed out £9 million. Following 21 games and just one goal, Luque left under a cloud of disappointment.

Now trying his hand as a football pundit, appearing on the popular Spanish show, El Chiringuito, the former Spain international didn't shy from offering his view, that Real Madrid have made the wrong managerial decision, having appointed former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

Luque explained: "I have my doubts that Benitez is the best managerial choice for Real Madrid."

Underlining why he feels that way, Luque continued: "Ancelotti was a tough guy with the stars and put them in their place, when he had to, which will be missed in the dressing room. It wasn't about special treatment, but making sure they were up for the big games."

Given the doubts surrounding the future of Spain captain Iker Casillas, should Real Madrid sign David De Gea this summer, Luque also has serious reservations, as to how Benitez will handle that situation.

"Benitez isn't the best manager for Casillas, he's not ideal." He commented, adding: "Casillas is going to find it more difficult to play with Benitez, than he would find it with any other manager."

The iconic Real Madrid goalkeeper will be far from comfortable, believes Luque, who suggested: "If it were any other manager, Casillas would play at least 80% of games, but with Benitez, that percentage will be significantly reduced."

"I don't know if Casillas is clear about that, but that's the way Benitez things, because that's what players who have worked with him, have told me."

Whilst it's an emotional return to Real Madrid for Rafa Benitez, it seems that after just one day officially in the post, with the comments from Luque, the knives are already out in some sections of the Spanish media.

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