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Three Real Madrid players that are likely to get cut off by Carlo Ancelotti



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Real Madrid are expected to undergo a significant overhaul this summer, with major new signings and notable departures anticipated to materialize.

Known for continually raising the bar season after season, Real Madrid could make some cuts in the roster to create space for new blood, with stars like Kylian Mbappe and Endrick set to arrive and other players also being targeted.

With merely one game left of the season and the summer transfer window looming large, here are three players facing the highest possibility of getting axed by coach Carlo Ancelotti.


Will Joselu continue at Real Madrid? (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Joselu’s contributions this season have defied expectations. Despite minimally being availed in the starting XI, the seasoned Spaniard has 17 goals in addition to three assists throughout all competitions.

His performance against Bayern Munich particularly took the cake, as he scored two late goals to confirm Real Madrid’s qualification to the Champions League final.

However, it goes without saying, that Joselu remains far from a nailed-on starter due to the quality Los Blancos possess in their front line. And that quality is expected to soar even more from next season, with Kylian Mbappe and Endrick expected to join.

Retaining a player who will face a tremendous amount of competition from stars much younger than him increases the likelihood of hitting the exit door this summer.

Dani Ceballos

Ceballos could be on his way out. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Ceballos was seen making a name for himself last season, his importance under Ancelotti has waned considerably this season.

Indeed, the Spaniard has frequently found himself at the bottom of Real Madrid’s midfield hierarchy due to his inability to make a significant impression with his performances, while injuries have not helped his cause either.

Ceballos might be open to rejoining Real Betis, whom he has always referred to as the “club of his dreams.”

Reports have mentioned that he also has interest from Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are open to exploring a move for the out-of-favour midfielder this summer.

Fran Garcia

Fran Garcia could leave only a year after returning. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

Fran Garcia was ranked higher than Ferland Mendy in Real Madrid’s starting lineup at the start of the season. But the Spaniard’s defensive efforts were tainted by some errors, which slowly eroded the coaching staff’s faith in him.

On the other hand, Mendy has been a beacon of consistency in the left-back position ever since he recovered from his injury issues and found his form.

In fact, the defensive left-back has been producing consistent performances ever since he made his way back into the team in the Spanish Super Cup earlier this year.

As such, Fran Garcia has thus witnessed a sharp decline in playing time and now hardly appears to be an integral part of the team.

With his contract expiring in 2027, Real Madrid could cash out on him this summer and create room for a big full-back signing, namely Alphonso Davies, while the possibility of re-signing Miguel Gutierrez is also being looked into.

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Four Real Madrid players that could leave in January due to lack of playtime



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Despite the acquisitions of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, Real Madrid’s summer is far from over.

The newly crowned European champions could face pressure to offload a few of their first-team stars, on account of these new acquisitions.

With a few more stars likely to join the club in the coming summer, there are multiple Real Madrid players who may end up leaving Santiago Bernabeu, if not this summer, then perhaps in mid-season.

Here, at Madrid Universal, we will take a look at four such players who may leave Real Madrid in January 2025.


What’s in store for Rodrygo this summer? (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The arrival of Mbappe throws a big question mark over Rodrygo’s future at the Bernabeu. The Brazilian winger has been a key player for Real Madrid in recent seasons, but his playing time is likely to be significantly impacted by Mbappe’s presence.

If Rodrygo finds himself consistently benched, a loan move or even a permanent transfer could be on the cards.

The Brazilian, in fact, has been linked with a move to a series of top Premier League clubs in recent weeks, with Liverpool even tabling an offer worth €120 million.

Although Real Madrid have rejected Rodrygo’s advances, the club are open to the attacker’s sale if any suitor comes up with an offer of €150 million.

Even if Rodrygo ends up remaining at Santiago Bernabeu, it won’t come as a surprise to see the attacker having to settle for a move elsewhere in January.

Dani Ceballos

Ceballos’ situation unlikely to improve. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Dani Ceballos’ story at Real Madrid this season has been all about injuries and bench appearances.

Due to the explosion of young stars such as Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and Aurelien Tchouameni, Ceballos has found himself trailing in the pecking order.

Ceballos’ situation at Real Madrid has become more precarious even after Toni Kroos’ retirement, as the club are now reportedly considering the idea of accommodating Bellingham in a deeper midfield role.

Los Blancos are reportedly interested in keeping hold of the midfielder and there is still a chance the player could remain at the club this summer. But if he continues to struggle with game-time, a January exit could be on the cards.

Arda Guler

Guler may have to settle for a loan move in Jan. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer, as the youngster arrived at Santiago Bernabeu with a lot of hype.

Although the Turk did not have the best of starts to the season, his rapid rise to prominence was one of Real Madrid’s biggest highlights during the final phase of the league campaign.

Guler notably ended the campaign with six goals in ten league appearances. However, the playmaker’s role at Real Madrid could be reduced once again, especially following the arrivals of Mbappe and Endrick.

If Real Madrid find Guler’s role minimised significantly during the first half of the campaign, they might consider a loan move for the Turkish international, who has been linked with a move to at least eight clubs across Europe.

Fran Garcia

Fran Garcia’s future could be called into question. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

Similar to Guler, young left-back Fran Garcia hasn’t seen much action with the first team. While a talented player, he currently finds himself behind Ferland Mendy in the pecking order.

Garcia has featured in 25 league matches this term, but only 15 of them have been starts. His role in the squad could dwindle further next season as Real Madrid weigh a move for Alphonso Davies.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has indicated that he wants Davies only as an addition to Mendy in the left-back position.

Fran Garcia might stay at Real Madrid even if Davies joins the club. But his limited role in the team may eventually force him to settle for a loan or even a permanent move elsewhere. In the event of a permanent exit, though, Real Madrid are likely to retain a buyback clause.

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