Madrid stars will take time to settle in new surroundings

Sergio Aguza gets his new shirt from Karl Robinson
Sergio Aguza gets his new shirt from Karl Robinson

Karl Robinson warn his imports from Real Madrid may take time to settle in before Dons fans can see their full potential.

Peruvian international Cristian Benavente was joined by former Castilla team-mate and skipper Sergio Aguza last week as Robinson continued to bolster his midfield.

Cristian Benavente with Karl Robinson

Cristian Benavente with Karl Robinson

While both await international clearance before they can kick a ball in the white of MK Dons, Robinson is excited by what he’s seen in training already.

But he has also warned fans to give them time to settle as they acclimatise to the English lifestyle.

“Cristian will take a lot longer to settle in than Sergio will,” he said. “Cristian is more of a flair player.

“He has already learned he won’t get much time on the ball, especially with Antony Kay around! He knows what the grass is like!

“He now needs to learn the culture. He needs to do things quicker, and he cannot stroll around to do things.

“But I’ve seen two or three things in training that I’ve never seen.

“He’s that talented. He’s so exciting to watch and he’s so pleasing on the eye.

“And he’s got international experience. You don’t come up against the best in South America because that’s as tough as it gets.

“Spanish football is very physical.

“Sergio trained under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. When you’re that close to playing for Real Madrid, you’re obviously a talented player.

“His ball retention, energy and tenacity are excellent. And he’s got a cheekiness to him, and a good English mentality about him.

“It was important to bring in players I knew could give us more depth for future sales.

“We lost our assets to an extent.

“In future years, we know they’re going to grow. This is part of the growth for the next generation.”