El Confidencial: Zidane has an alleged “blacklist” of players he wants to offload

25 Apr 2019

It is almost certain that Zinedine Zidane has rejoined Real Madrid with a clear plan in mind on how to revamp the misfiring squad. Even though the Frenchman keeps silent about his ideas, various Spanish sports outlets speculate on the players who are set to join or leave Los Blancos.

El Confidencial now reveal the names who are included in Zidane’s alleged “blacklist”. These are the players he reportedly doesn’t want to keep at the club anymore. Some of them are rather surprising, however, the first name of the list is rather obvious. Gareth Bale is set to leave Real Madrid which is reported by several other sources.

Who are the other ‘victims’? El Confidencial believe Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos, Sergio Reguilon and Mariano Diaz are allegedly not into Zidane’s plans.

The midfield duo found it hard to get a reasonable amount of the playing time during the Frenchman’s first reign at the Bernabeu while Mariano seems to be a panic buy to replace outgoing Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Lyon man has spent the majority of the 2018/2019 campaign on the sidelines and has only scored twice in 20 competitive appearances for Los Blancos.

Sergio Reguilon’s potential exit means Zidane is ready to put his trust in Marcelo even though he often makes crucial mistakes.

Moreover, El Confidencial claim one of the goalkeepers should leave as well, either Andriy Lunin who is currently on loan at Leganes or Thibaut Courtois who has never been Zidane’s favourite.

Finally, Zidane would agree on the potential exit of both Isco and Raphael Varane even though he likes both players. However, if a good offer arrives for either of them, he wouldn’t prevent this transfer.

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