Real Madrid aim to rejuvenate their squad in the summer with a complete overhaul. As any renovation has it, there are two components to this mission.
The first objective of the club is to identify transfer targets and go after them. The likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland fall into this category as they near moves to the Bernabeu.
However, eliminating the deadwood is an equally important objective that is often overlooked. According to reports from MARCA, via Fichajes, Los Blancos have identified four players who they wish to force out in the coming summer.
These players are Luka Jovic, Jesus Vallejo, Mariano Diaz, and Dani Ceballos.
Luka Jovic has not produced any performances even remotely close to the €60 million Real Madrid paid for him in 2019.
The striker has not started any La Liga games for the leaders this season and has scored only one goal in close to 300 minutes. Unsurprisingly, Ancelotti does not have the Serbian in his plans and has placed him on the transfer list.
The second player deemed transferable is Jesus Vallejo. The 25-year-old defender has only played 10 minutes this season and finds himself at the bottom of the pecking order. With Florentino Perez planning a big signing at centre-back in June, Vallejo will have no place in the team next season.
Mariano Diaz, too, is in a similar situation to Jovic. The striker was thought to be the next big player for Real Madrid when he was given the number 7 after Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, he has had little impact during his stay in Madrid and has not scored any goals this season. With Mbappe and Haaland likely to arrive, Diaz will certainly be one to be shown the door.
The final player on Real Madrid’s departure list is Dani Ceballos. The midfielder has only seen 60 minutes in La Liga since the beginning of the season despite the relative lack of depth in the department.
Real Betis are said to be interested in his signing as he looks for a way out in June.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.