Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said today he was not a fan of the winter transfer window as his club try to fill the shoes of injured Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain.
Real have been rebuffed in their attempts to land former star and Dutch veteran Ruud van Nistelrooy, with Hamburg having turned down a €2million offer.
And Mourinho said that he felt Real were being hard done by in their attempts to cover for Higuain, with rival clubs holding out for big money, while he opined that French striker Karim Benzema was not sufficient coverage for his needs.
"I don't like the winter transfer window - I never have," Mourinho told a press conference. "Sometimes you have to make use of the window to compensate for injury problems," he added, saying that in Higuain's absence Real had "a space to fill."
But with Hamburg holding onto their man at least for now and other clubs demanding high prices, Mourinho showed his frustration.
"I am an agreeable person and all I want is a centre forward either loaned out or sold for a small amount of money," said the former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan coach.
Of Benzema, who has performed in fits and starts in his two seasons since joining from Lyon, Mourinho said: "He must give more, though he is a fine lad. We are all waiting for him to show more of his qualities as he has potential.