gAreth Bale, Isco and Marcelo have already said goodbye, with plenty of titles and varied sensations in their real Madrid chapters. Bale and Isco’s departures had been all but confirmed for a while now, as Marcello wanted to stay real Madrid after many years as one of the best in the world.
Real Madrid’s transformation is far from over. There are up to six other players who have no idea what their future holds. Doubts about their long-term viability are growing. They are all under contract. Four of them only have one season left. Real Madrid bosses will treat everyone with the utmost respect, but they won’t give away players who will get a good price on the market.
Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Luka Jovic, Mariano Diaz, Jesus Vallejo and Andriy Lunin are players with an uncertain future. However, not everyone is in the same boat. Not by far.
The first two are the most notable cases due to their footballing relevance. The ball is in the court of the players and their entourage for the moment, no renewal offer having been made. They have the option of playing for another team or chasing minutes and opportunities at Los Blancos. In other words, feel important elsewhere or find a badass in Real Madrid
Asensio finished as the third top scorer, and it would be ideal if he decided to stay and complete the final year of his contract. Carlo Ancelotti will be able to offer him minutes and opportunities, but it does not seem that his contract will be renewed anytime soon.
The Spain international has said he wants to be more prominent, although he admits he has felt important during the season. He’s a big name, so there will be a lot of opportunities for him. Jorge Mendes is listening to offers.
Ceballos won everyone’s trust in the last weeks of the campaign, but there is no contract renewal offer, like with Asensio. Real Betis would welcome him, but the club’s aim is to end the year on a high note, which means selling some of its assets before focusing on valuation Manuel Pellegrinithe team. The Andalusian midfielder will not be sold by Real Madrid.
The impending World Cup in Qatar is either a nuisance or an incentive, depending on how you view it. A lack of playing time at the start of the season could jeopardize their chances of qualifying for the World Cup, and that’s a problem that will need to be addressed in the coming weeks.
The clearest cases
Mariano seems adamant about accepting all the offers that come out on the market, and he has already informed the club that this summer will be different from previous ones, in which he flatly refused to leave, as he did with Rayo Vallecanooffer in August.
Jovic seems to be the player who made his departure from Real Madrid the most apparent. The Serb already knows that we will not count on him and that his destiny is not in Madrid. Milan, the reigning Italian champions who are preparing to return to Europe’s top flight, are among the teams watching Jovic. His record in the Bundesliga sets the tone for a quick result.
Vallejo, like Jovic, has a contract that expires in 2025. With Antonio RudigerUpon his arrival, he realizes he will have to find a new team to get more playing time. There have already been a number of transfers, and the club are betting on a transfer due to his dedication and commitment. The defender is eager to continue and doesn’t seem keen on playing a supporting role.
Lunin is eager to play, but Real Madrid don’t want to let the substitute goalkeeper go. They are initially hoping for a contract extension, followed by another loan which will allow him to play in the Premier League.
It’s not unreasonable to imagine a Real Madrid squad in 2022/23 with up to nine starts, which will surely influence the club’s loanees as well as some of the club’s young academy players. The coming season for Ancelotti’s club will be difficult and full of competitions (six in total), requiring the formation of a solid team.
Madrid’s management and coaches speak of a roster that, based on their performance, needs few but high-quality reinforcements. Rudiger has already arrived, and everything indicates that others will follow, but what is complicated in this case is signing knowing that the starting line-up will be more than clear due to what is already in place at Valdebebas .
Alvaro Odriozola (who wants a second opportunity), Takefusa Kubo, Reinier Jesus, Brahim Diaz, Borja Mayoral, Fran Garcia, Jorge de Frutos and Victor Chust are just some of the players who have a bright future ahead of them.
Some of the players are on loan, while some of their departures depend on the club’s wider politics. All would struggle to get into Ancelotti’s team.