Real Madrid want to take the next step to success in 2021 and have a team in their mind, which they hope leads to European glory.
Real Madrid are wrapping-up their 34th La Liga title and only need to pick up eight out of 12 available points to mathematically seal the league. Having said that, Zinedine Zidane’s outfit faces Deportivo Alaves next where Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal will be absent. Raphael Varane is expected to return while Eden Hazard remains doubtful.
As far as the UEFA Champions League is concerned, the Whites are trailing Manchester City in the round of 16. With two goals against them and a difficult trip to the Etihad Stadium beckoning, there are very low chances that they will be able to go for the European Cup this season given their form in comparison to the men managed by Pep Guardiola.
Don Balon has reported that Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane are both hungry for further success in the next season. Therefore, they will set objectives on winning the Spanish league as well as their fourteenth Champions League title. In order to achieve their ambitions, the club has mapped out its line-up for next season.
Thibaut Courtois will undoubtedly continue in goal. His 17 clean sheets in La Liga have put him on course to win the Zamora Trophy, making him the first Real Madrid goalie to win the accolade in many years. Who will back the Belgian remains to be seen, but it may not be Alphonse Areola who is at Spain only on a year’s loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
Dani Carvajal who has proven his credentials even after Achraf Hakimi’s sale will continue at right-back. Alvaro Odriozola might return from his loan spell at Bayern Munich this summer to deputise for his compatriot, but there is a chance that Lucas Vazquez is used as a makeshift on the right if his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur doesn’t work out.
Ferland Mendy, who is arguably the best arrival in Los Blancos’ roster will become the first-choice left-back. For how long Marcelo keeps the competition remains to be seen and because of the uncertainty around the Brazil international, Sergio Reguilon could also return from his loan at Sevilla once more clarity over the veteran’s situation is achieved.
Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have been indisputable at the heart of Zinedine Zidane’s incredible defence and will continue to lead from the back. Eder Militao, who is finally showing his quality worth 50 million euros will continue as a fringe player for another season, as will Nacho, whose versatility has come handy more often than not.
In the centre of the park, Federico Valverde is expected to take over from Luka Modric on the right hand side. The Croat is in the final year of his contract and will turn 35 in September. Toni Kroos will certainly keep his place on the left, whereas Casemiro will de indispensable as the defensive midfielder. Isco will get his share of chances.
Finally, Karim Benzema will keep his place as the striker for what he brings to the team. Eden Hazard, who had a season on the treatment table will have the pressure to improve tremendously next year as Vinicius Jr. will probe for his spot. Jadon Sancho, Sadio Mane and Kylian Mbappe are being looked at for the right wing, where Marco Asensio and Rodrygo Goes are the only options.
James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale seem to be uninvolved in Zidane or Perez’s plans, so they would likely be shipped out. Mariano Diaz, Brahim Diaz and Luka Jovic could face similar fate as well after failing to convince their manager in the course of the season. Do you think the Whites can win the domestic and continental double next year?