Real Madrid: 5 players set to leave the Bernabeu this summer

Another busy summer is on the horizon at the Bernabeu, with big-names likely both incoming and outgoing.

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Real Madrid may have reached a third successive Champions League final, aiming for a fourth trophy in five years, but their domestic failings this season make it certain that Real Madrid will freshen their squad for next campaign.

Last summer, Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez, Mariano Diaz and Pepe led a host of first-team squad departures, leaving the current version more slim-lined and youthful.

RealSport take a look at five players who could be on their way out of Madrid this summer as Zinedine Zidane prepares for another busy transfer window.

  1. 1 Dani Ceballos

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    The Spain Under-21 international arrived from Real Betis last season after starring in the European Under-21 Championships, but has struggled for game time in 2017/18.

    The central midfielder has started just four league games for Los Blancos this term as he has failed to dislodge the established trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.

    Moreover, the rediscovered form of Mateo Kovacic has also seen Ceballos move further down the pecking order.

    A move back to Betis, either on a loan deal or a permanent move with Madrid inserting a buyback clause, seems the most likely option at this stage.

    Outrageously talented, this is a player who is in desperate need of further game-time.

  2. 2 Borja Mayoral

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    Another 21-year-old, this forward is tipped to have a very bright future for both club and country.

    Having spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Wolfsburg, Mayoral has been incorporated into the first-team ranks at the Bernabeu in 2017/18 and has shown his promise and why he is valued.

    However, with just three league starts he could well be this summer's Mariano Diaz - a reserve striker who could earn a move to a club abroad looking to compete in Europe.

    Another who has starred for Spain's youth sides, he would have no shortage of suitors either in La Liga or a major league abroad.

  3. 3 Gareth Bale

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    The most vulnerable 'big name' in Zinedine Zidane's squad is Gareth Bale.

    The Welshman could lift a remarkable fourth Champions League trophy in five years on Saturday, but his time in the Spanish capital is increasingly compromised by injuries, a lack of fitness and, therefore, form.

    The former Tottenham man has constantly been linked with a move away from the club, with a return to the Premier League the most viable option.

    Every club tends to have one particular scapegoat, and Bale has been exactly that for the demanding fans of the Bernanbeu.

    This is because of the emergence of Marco Asensio and the continued strong form of playmaker Isco, with Zidane often shifting to a 4-4-2 with the 28-year-old missing out on several key matches this term.

  4. 4 Achraf Hakimi

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    The 19-year-old Moroccan international has made nine La Liga appearances for Los Blancos this term as he has broken through from the club's youth system.

    Despite being held in high regard by the staff at the Bernabeu and earning first-team minutes, it has been reported he will depart this summer in search of regular football. 

    His opportunities came due to health problems for long-serving right-back Dani Carvajal, whilst Nacho Fernandez is also well-equipped to cover that position.

    It remains unclear if the talented teenager has a future at Madrid, but having already established himself in his native national team, he looks set for a bright future in the game.

  5. 5 Mateo Kovacic

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    The Austrian-born Croatian international is in his third season at Madrid having moved from Inter in 2015.

    However, despite making just shy of 100 appearances for the club, his starting opportunities remain limited.

    Casemiro, Kroos and Modric have held down the central midfield starting position while Isco is now the prime candidate for a more advanced role.

    A smooth passer and a 'box-to-box' player, Kovacic has many qualities and has never let Madrid down, but rumours that he could return to Italy this summer may prompt an exit from the Bernabeu.

  1. POLL: Which player do you most want to stay at the Bernabeu?

    1. Gareth Bale
    2. Mateo Kovacic
    3. Borja Mayoral
    4. Achraf Hakimi
    5. Dani Ceballos
    78 votes
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Colin Millar


Colin Millar is a European football writer, with a particular passion for Spanish and English football, alongside that in his native Northern Ireland. Based in Spain, he is Deputy Editor of Football Espana and writes for a number of publications including the Daily Mirror NI.