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Stay or Go? Deciding Which Players Real Madrid Should Keep or Offload This Summer

With Real Madrid having completed a historic Champions League and La Liga double, surely they should try keep the current squad together?


But with Barcelona appointing a new manager and Atlético Madrid moving into a new stadium, you can't stand still as competitors or you might be left behind - so with that in mind, who will French manager Zinedine Zidane keep at the Santiago Bernabéu, and who will depart?

1. Goalkeepers

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Keylor Navas - STAY - The 30 year old Costa Rica international has had a fine season in between the sticks for Los Blancos . Despite this, he has only kept five clean sheets as they surged towards the title. Real Madrid have been actively seeking a big-name stopper, with a big push this summer expected to sign David De Gea or Thibaut Courtois.


Kiko Casilla - GO - 6ft 3 inch Casilla came through the academy in the Real Madrid B and C teams. When called upon he has been steady, but he should make way for an incoming signing with Navas dropping to reserve.


Ruben Yanez - STAY -  Youth product Yanez is still only 23, and given the right tutelage can be an asset to Real Madrid in the future.



2. Full-Backs

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Marcelo - STAY -  There is no doubt this samba star should stay, Marcelo is key to manager Zinedine Zidane's attacking displays, with the dribbling skills and crossing ability of a winger, but the tactical nous of a defender. Similar to Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos with his galloping runs up and down the flank to support the attack.


Fábio Coentrão - GO - Has served the club well in the past, tidy defender but only kept around because of his affiliation with compatriot and star man Cristiano Ronaldo. Should sever the ties as he approaches 30, and look for a young option to challenge Marcelo.


Dani Carvajal - STAY - Has been a rock at right back this season, improving every year and it's been cruel that he has been injured in the final stage of the season as they push for honours.


Danilo - GO -  Promised much as an attacking right back signed from Porto for £30m. However, he has failed to oust Carvajal, meaning he should go in search of regular first team football elsewhere.

3. Centre-Backs

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Sergio Ramos - STAY - Vital player and captain of the team, Ramos epitomises everything good about Los Blancos with the will to win, important goals and dominating presence in the air.
 

Pepe - GO - The Portuguese bruiser has won countless trophies with Real Madrid since joining from Porto ten years ago. However, his days look numbered as he enters the final few weeks of his contract, with an offer only on the table for a pay-as-you-play contract. May move to China.

Nacho - STAY - The Spanish international has shown his versatility by easily changing between centre-half and right-back where needed. Happy to play his part for the team.

Raphaël Varane - STAY - Rapid French defender who has formed a rock-solid partnership over the years with Ramos. Excellent recovery skills, the height to dominate any striker and ability on the ball. Come on leaps and bounds under Zidane. 


4. Central Midfielders

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Casemiro - STAY - This Brazilian midfielder has been a key reason why Real Madrid's attacking stars are allowed to flourish. Offers the protection needed in front of the back four by breaking up the play, distributing effectively to those with more ability.


Toni Kroos - STAY - Questions were raised when Real Madrid allowed pass-master Xabi Alonso to leave for the younger Toni Kroos. However, the German star showed his weight in gold with consistently excellent displays alongside Luka Modric. 


Mateo Kovačić - STAY - Young Croatian midfielder has deputised well when called upon by Zidane in a heavily rotated squad. A tidy passer and workhorse, he offers versatility and learning all the time from compatriot Modric.

 

Luka Modrić - STAY - The little genius of a player is highly rated at the Santiago Bernabéu, his position in the side should not be questioned as he is the heartbeat of the midfield. 

5. Wingers and Play-Makers

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Gareth Bale - STAY - Despite heavy rumours circulating that Bale will leave if he is not selected for the Champions League final, the Welsh wizard would be best advised to stay in the Spanish capital. When he is fit, the leggy winger is a key component to unlocking a defence, proving himself a match-winner in the past.


Isco - STAY - The Spanish playmaker has been outstanding recently when deputising for the injured Bale. Played a huge role in the Champions League semi-final victory over  

Atlético Madrid, offering excellent passing and mesmerizing dribbling. 


James Rodríguez - GO - The Colombian attacking midfielder should leave, has proved when he has come into the side what a talent he is. Can pass and score with the best of them, sadly he is overlooked because of the options Zidane has at his disposal. A potential target of Manchester United.

 

Lucas Vázquez - GO -  A Spanish winger who has been at the club most of his career, the 25 year old has undoubted ability. But with the likes of Bale in his way and more Galactico signings expected in the summer, this young prodigy should move on.

 

Marco Asensio - STAY - Has become an important member of the side, thrilling the fans with standout performances after scoring belters and capable of mazy runs with the ball. Has a big future at the Bernabéu. 

6. Forwards

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Cristiano Ronaldo - STAY -  A couple of seasons ago, pundits questioned whether his form was declining, claiming he was losing it with increasing age. How wrong were they! The top goal scorer in the club's history constantly proves the doubters wrong as he has moved more in field to devastating effect. Recent talk of a transfer is perhaps merely a ploy to improve his contract.


Karim Benzema - GO - Has performed at the highest level for a number of seasons, winning countless trophies. The French star has received criticism in the past, despite being a rumoured favourite of Madrid president Florentino Pérez. Could potentially be his last season, with a number of high-profile striker being linked with the La Liga winners.


Álvaro Morata - GO - After being re-signed from Juventus last summer, the Spanish international has struggled for first team starts. A move to Manchester United is strongly rumoured.


Mariano - STAY -  The young prodigy has had a handful of appearances this season from the bench. Offers skill and pace to burn, will be given time to grow in the first team over the next couple of years. 




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