Here is Real Madrid’s possible team for next season based on current players and potential departures...
Real Madrid have started their preparations for the 2014-15 campaign and have already made their first summer signing.
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is expected to arrive from Levante, while a number of players including Sami Khedira (who has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea) and Angel di Maria (who is reportedly on the radar of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain) are reportedly on their way out.
Taking into consideration the current players coach Carlo Ancelotti has at his disposal at the moment and those expected to leave, we now predict his starting line-up at the start of the season.
GK – Diego Lopez
The Spaniard has been the number one between the posts at the Santiago Bernabeu for one-and-a-half years, and even with competition from Iker Casillas and Navas, the 32-year-old is likely to commence the 2014-15 season as the first choice.
RB – Daniel Carvajal
The 22-year-old, who was an unsung hero in Madrid’s Champions League and Copa del Rey triumph last season, will continue to retain his place at right-back. The Spaniard performed impressively in 2013-14 and will be expected to continue his development.
CB – Raphael Varane
The 21-year-old France international’s future has come under doubt and there are reports that he will hold negotiations with the club in the coming days. The former Lens youngster wants assurance of a regular place in the starting line-up, and Ancelotti is likely to give him that – at least he should.
CB – Sergio Ramos
Once one of the best right-backs in the world, now one of the best centre-backs on the planet. The Spain international will continue to marshal the backline.
LB – Marcelo
Fabio Coentrao will be a competitor for Marcelo for the left-back spot, but the Brazil international will maintain his place in the line-up.
CM – Toni Kroos
The 24-year-old Germany international has not been signed to warm the bench. The former Bayern star will slot straight into the line-up in central midfield, although he is versatile enough to play anywhere in midfield.
DM – Xabi Alonso
There are doubts on whether the Spain international can last 90 minutes in a match, but if Khedira leaves, then Ancelotti will not want to lose Alonso. The 32-year-old, who signed a new two-year contract in January, will not be able to play all the games, but he will remain a key player for Los Blancos, at least at the start of the campaign.
CM – Luka Modric
The Croatia international midfielder was Madrid’s third best player last season after Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria, and will continue to operate in central midfield.
RW – Gareth Bale
The Wales international winger had a successful debut season at Madrid in 2013-14 and there is no doubt that he will be a star player once again.
ST – Karim Benzema
Madrid have been linked with a move for AS Monaco and Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao. If the 28-year-old does arrive, then it could push Benzema to the bench - but as of now, the France international is set to start as part of the ‘BBC’.
LW – Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portugal international had a torrid 2014 World Cup campaign, but he is still one of the two best players in the world and will be the most crucial for Madrid yet again.