With 3 consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, Real Madrid are undoubtedly a dominant force in Europe. The Spanish football behemoths have managed to shine and deliver quality and commanding performances in the recent years.
Florentino Perez wants the club to perform similarly next season. But surprisingly, Real Madrid have to surpass more obstacles than they might have expected.
Zinedine Zidane shocked everyone as he announced his resignation, just days after guiding them to European glory. As we already know, Cristiano Ronaldo has made a move to Juventus, placing Real Madrid in a vulnerable situation.
Majority of Real Madrid fans are unhappy at the decision to let Ronaldo go. During his 9-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo established himself as the face of the club, and Real Madrid heavily relied on the Portuguese skipper to produce desired results.
He leaves a huge gap at the Madrid-camp, and newly appointed coach Julen Lopetegui and Florentino Perez have to do a lot to fill the void.
However, things could get even worse for Real Madrid, and here we take a look at 3 players who are likely to leave Real Madrid this summer.
#3 Karim Benzema
Benzema has always been a subject to criticisms at Real Madrid
Zidane departed, Ronaldo left, these two things have made Karim Benzema’s future at Real Madrid look bleak.
Zidane was a great admirer of Karim Benzema and showed faith in his abilities. He was a regular for Real Madrid last season and displayed some decisive performances.
His performance though was overlooked. Benzema’s brilliant movements both on and off the ball helped players like Ronaldo find the space to unleash lethal attacks.
As Cristiano has joined Juventus, Real Madrid are planning to sign Harry Kane, who is a striker. It indicates that Benzema’s time at Real Madrid is over. Even if he stays, Benzema won’t get adequate playing time as Harry Kane will undoubtedly fill the striker-role.
If reports from Italy are to be believed, Napoli are planning to sign Benzema from Real Madrid, in response to Juventus snapping Cristiano Ronaldo.
#2 Keylor Navas
Perez is not interested in retaining Keylor Navas
Zidane’s resignation shook the Real Madrid faithful. It was completely unexpected. Reports suggested that Zidane decided to quit Real Madrid because of his dissatisfaction with Perez over signing David Gea.
Zidane was a great admirer of Keylor Navas and wanted the Costarican keeper as the No.1 at the club. Polar opposite to this, Perez wanted to offload Navas, who had an inconsistent season and wanted to sign their long-term target David Gea, as the No.1 shot-stopper.
Navas was prone to committing flaws at crucial stages of the game. His performance against Juventus in the second leg of UEFA Champions League quarter-final was no a match to the Real Madrid standards.
As Real Madrid have already sold Cristiano Ronaldo, Perez and Co. need to ensure they come with the best next season. Real Madrid are reportedly interested in Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard and are even to ready swap Asensio for them.
This could well signal the end of Keylor Navas’ Real Madrid career.
Marcelo and Ronaldo are close friends and the former could follow the latter’s path
Real Madrid signed Marcelo when he was just 19 years old. The Brazilian left-back has since gone on to become a massive piece in their jigsaw.
He is a regular for Real Madrid, and his darting runs down the flanks, and inch-perfect crosses make him an integral part of the Real Madrid squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo was one of Marcelo’s best friends at Real Madrid. While Ronaldo was at the Madrid-camp, he and Marcelo joined a formidable duo that was a nightmare to the defences.
Marcelo’s ability to find Cristiano Ronaldo through the eye of a needle is incredible. Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly asked Juventus to sign Marcelo from Real Madrid.
Alex Sandro currently dons the left-back position at the club, and if reports in Italian media’s are to be believed, Juventus would try to lure if Sandro leaves the club this summer.