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Real civil war continues between bosses

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has insisted the club will sign new players in January, despite sporting director Predrag Mijatovic previously saying otherwise.

Although the club only made one signing in Rafael van der Vaart in the summer, and lost Robinho to Manchester City, Mijatovic claimed last week that the squad needed no adjustments over the winter.

But Schuster, who has already voiced his displeasure at the failure to sign summer targets Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa and Santi Cazorla, disagrees.

"We have a place open after Robinho's departure on the last day (of the transfer window) and we now have the chance to sign in the winter," he told Real Madrid TV.

"We've all been talking about it among ourselves and we're very clear on the matter. If there is any chance of signing someone, we will make the most of it.

"From experience we know that it isn't easy to sign players in winter. We're talking about a player who could improve us, if that is what we need."

Robinho's 40million euro move to City came days after the player openly expressed his desire to quit the club, and the very public way in which the Brazilian engineered his own departure has drawn criticism from many quarters.

Schuster too admitted he did not like Robinho's behaviour.

"It's disappointing, above all the way in which he did it," he said.

"At one point I thought we'd be able to keep Robinho, despite the fact he already had the idea of leaving in his head.

"But the truth is that in the last few weeks his attitude changed radically and you could see that he wanted to leave at all costs."

Schuster admits the fans have the right to be disappointed by the lack of new recruits, with the returns of on-loan Ruben de la Red and Javi Garcia the only other additions after Van der Vaart.

However, he believes the squad is still more than capable of competing at the highest level.

"At the start we all wanted to make a special effort to bring in a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, but in the end it didn't happen because it's not easy to get a player in an important club to leave," Schuster added.

"Then we tried for other players but this year it just wasn't possible.

"It's logical that the fans should feel disappointed but the signing of Van der Vaart should give people confidence that this team can give more things.

"This year we have the Champions League to fight for. For me, there's no problem with quality in the squad."

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