Real Madrid are planning to clean out players who are not in their long-term plans to balance finances ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Real Madrid are currently on an 11 match unbeaten streak in La Liga and they will hope that a win against Manchester City can be added to that soon. Nevertheless, Zinedine Zidane has achieved his primary objective of the season, which was to win the Spanish Premiership. One of the major reasons for it was the incredible squad depth at his disposal.
However, in spite of giving chances to all his players, there are some who are unhappy and would like to go elsewhere whereas even the manager hasn’t counted a handful in his plans. All of them added together make up 15 players from the squad including those loaned out who won’t be at the club next season, Diario GOL claims.
Gareth Bale, who is paid a massive wage despite hardly playing is the one the club would want to get rid of first and foremost. The Welshman doesn’t want to leave and wants to fulfil his contract until June 2022, but if the club finds a way to get rid of a player who is no short of a liability at this point in time, it’ll be of major relief.
Second, it’s James Rodriguez who will be allowed to leave. There is no shortage of offers for the Colombia international and there are suggestions that he can go for 15 million euros. James and Bale have not had enough minutes nor contribution to justify why they must be paid as high as they are, so selling them is of chief priority.
Zidane has asked the club against renewing Alphonse Areola’s loan as well. The goalkeeper will return to Paris Saint-Germain and subsequently join Arsenal or Chelsea in all likelihood. Borja Mayoral, Dani Ceballos and Mariano Diaz will also be cashed in on, after the Spanish trio has failed in convincing their manager who already has a huge squad to cater to.
Ceballos’ loan deal is likely to be extended by Arsenal until 2021, following which they will be obliged to buy him. Mayoral hasn’t received many offers and may likely join a mid-table club in La Liga, whereas there was recent talk of Mariano wanted by AS Roma, who are looking to replace the potentially outgoing Edin Dzeko.
Florentino Perez is of the opinion that Zinedine Zidane holds onto Luka Jovic and Isco, both of who have had numbered opportunities this season. The Frenchman is against the president with respect to Jovic who may leave the club soon, but believes that the former Malaga midfielder in Isco can leave if there’s an enticing enough offer on the table.
As things stand, Luka Jovic has several clubs wanting to sign him and that may very well happen. However, it is imperative that Madrid keep control on his future by either loaning him out or including a buyback clause in his transfer agreement. Isco was seen as a replacement for David Silva at Manchester City since long back, but it’s unlikely he’ll move.
Thanks to some second-choice players, Zidane has been able to bench the senior squad for the important fixtures. Alvaro Odriozola, Brahim Diaz and Lucas Vazquez are among those who comprise that list but may be allowed to leave in case a good offer comes calling. However, it’s unlikely any club would want to sign them.
Odriozola is on loan at Bayern Munich and the best possibility is his stay in Germany to be extended. Brahim will mostly leave on loan in La Liga itself. Lucas Vazquez was wanted by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur, but the player’s love for Madrid and Zidane’s for him may be inseparable even if one of the world’s greatest tacticians gives a phone-call.
Finally, it’s Sergio Reguilon, Takefusa Kubo, Martin Odegaard and Reinier Jesus who would be loaned out once again. One would argue that all four players are ready to make the major leap into the squad of Spain’s newly crowned champions, but Zizou thinks otherwise and wants them to get spotlight elsewhere for at least another year.
Julen Lopetegui may get Reguilon to stay in Sevilla for another year, whereas Kubo will probably join a different La Liga side following RCD Mallorca’s relegation. Odegaard is certain to have a second spell at Real Sociedad. Reinier could be snapped upon by his compatriot and owner of Real Valladolid, Ronaldo Nazario.
While getting rid of most players does make sense, Zidane must keep in mind that such a step cost Real Madrid a miserable season in 2017/18, a year after capturing the domestic and European double. Some players this season are not fit for the squad, but those like Isco, Jovic, Odriozola and Vazquez can come handy in times of busy and crammed up fixtures.