Real Madrid are planning a clear out of their squad in January and have officially put a number of their players up for transfer.
Carlo Ancelotti is in his second stint as Los Blancos boss and has now deemed some of the players he worked with in his first stint as surplus to requirements of his current vision for the side.
Gareth Bale, whose last three seasons at the club have been turbulent is one of the players the club is seeking to move on in January.
Bale signed for Madrid under Ancelotti and both worked to great effect in the Italian’s first season, as he won the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey with the Welshman playing a key role in Madrid’s famous BBC attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Isco Alarcon is another player signed by Ancelotti whose time is now at its end under the Italian. Both Isco and Bale are the club’s main January clear out candidates, according to reports.
Isco and Bale both have contracts until the end of the season but Ancelotti has moved on from both of them and Los Blancos are not going to try to renew their deals.
Meanwhile, team captain Marcelo, who has been kept out of the side by injuries and Ancelotti’s tactical decisions is also on the way out.
Like Isco and Bale, his contract ends at the end of the season but Madrid will be looking to get some money for the enigmatic Brazilian fullback whose performances once made him the best in the world in his position.
Rumours from Brazil claim that the 33-year-old could be headed to the Brazilian Serie A with Fluminense at the end of the season. However, Madrid want to speed up the Brazilian’s exit so he can have more playing time.
Madrid open to January offers for other players not included in the clear out list
It is not news that Eden Hazard’s time at Madrid could be up at the end of this season. However, Ancelotti still rates the Belgian and used him in the last two matches of the year.
The Belgian impressed in those games, showing his quality and what Madrid could stand to gain if they invest more time in their €100 million man.
However, president Florentino Perez has grown tired of waiting to recoup the money spent on Hazard and is willing to listen to offers for the Belgian even if Ancelotti would like to keep him.
Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic are also players Ancelotti would like to keep in the squad. They, like Hazard, could be out of the Santiago Bernabeu in the coming weeks or months of any good offers are submitted to Madrid.
The players planned for the squad clear out in January will not be replaced as things stand, according to reports. It is a precedent which Florentino Perez has set in his tenures has president: Madrid barely signs players in January.
However, their sights remain set on Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and only a breakthrough in negotiations for these two could see them join the club in January instead of at the end of the season when the club projects.