Real Madrid were recently crowned champions of Europe after a 1-0 victory over Liverpool. This was their 4th Champions League title in 6 years and highlights their pedigree in the competition. The spine of the squad has largely remained constant. The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus was indeed a big blow, but the resurgence of Karim Benzema and the emergence of Vinicius Junior somewhat negated the legendary Portuegese’s absence.
However, Vinicius tapping home Fede Valverde’s cross also signals a passing of the torch of sorts for the Los Blancos. The core of the team has aged a lot, and perhaps it’s time to freshen things up with new blood. Youngsters like Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Eder Militao have shown their ability under Ancelloti. The future looks to be in safe hands.
With this in mind, the departures of some long time servants can be expected this summer. Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco have already adieu to the Bernabeu. Now Spanish news outlet Marca claims that further exits by Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Luka Jovic, Mariano Diaz, Jesus Vallejo and Andriy Lunin can be expected.
End Of Their Time At Madrid?
All of them do not look likely to be in Carlo Ancelloti’s future plans. Ceballos has failed to cement himself in the starting lineup. The legendary trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro is difficult to break into within itself, and the Spaniard has not been helped by Camavinga’s rise. The 19-year-old Frenchman put in some impressive performances off the bench in Madrid’s Champions League campaign. He seems to be the future at Madrid’s centre.
Marco Asensio has been an unlucky case. One of the most promising young talents at a time, the young winger hasn’t been the same since his nasty ACL injury in 2019. Perhaps a change of scenery can work out for him.
Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz have both struggled to make an impact since their arrivals. This is disappointing, as they cost 90 million Euros in total. Similarly, Vallejo and Lunin haven’t been able to make an impression on Ancelloti and will look for minutes elsewhere.
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