With Martin Odegaard‘s return, Real Madrid‘s first-team squad currently has 25 players in it, though that list doesn’t include Andriy Lunin, who will return to the club to play the role of backup goalkeeper after Alphonse Areola‘s exit.
Alvaro Odriozola and Dani Ceballosare also not included in that list, although they could both return from their loan spells to form part of next season’s squad.
There are, therefore, too many players and all eyes are on Zinedine Zidane, who must be clear about who he wants to keep and who he doesn’t.
Nobody wants to leave the club, but reality says that some will have to.
This is where Zidane comes in.
Zidane‘s job of having to convince some players that their time at the club is up won’t be easy, but it’s something that he has to do.
Real Madrid need to bring in around 180 million euros this summer, and that’s without making any signings.
Most of the excess in the squad comes in attack.
Luka Jovic, Gareth Bale, Mariano Diaz, Lucas Vazquez and Brahim Diaz could all be shopped around.
In midfield, there are six players plus Odegaard.
James Rodriguez, though, appears certain to be sold this summer and there are reports that Juventus could be interested in Isco.
There is less uncertainty in the goalkeeping and defensive positions, with Thibaut Courtois and Lunin to wear the gloves and with the same defensive unit as last year plus the returning Odriozola.
The summer planning is under way and it has to start with some cuts.