The effects of Sunday's four-nil defeat against their bitter rivals will cause quite a stir withing Real Madrid's squad, and while some of their current players were set to leave the club by the end of the season, the number of players that will not be part of the 2022-23 team will surely raise some eyebrows.
The team is set to experience one major overhaul this summer, as up to eight players will not be included in the club's plans for next season, whether coach Ancelotti continues to work there or not. The list is led by players such as Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Isco, who run out of contract this summer and both the club and their agents have refused to enter negotiations to keep them around.
Marcelo will bid farewell to the club with over 540 games played and with 23 titles to his name. Meanwhile, Bale and Isco will end their terms at the club side-by-side, since they joined Los Blancos in 2013 and are set to leave this season. These three exits will give Real Madrid some salary cap space, as their wages add up to a whopping €60M per season (around $66M).
The rest of the players set to leave the club include footballers who were supposed to lead the change of guard at the Bernabeu, such as Dani Ceballos, Jesús Vallejo, and Luka Jovic. None of these players have been able to establish themselves as reliable players for Zidane or Ancelotti, and the club will be ready to negotiate their exits as fast as possible.
The other two footballers that seem to be ready to leave the club are Eden Hazard and Mariano Díaz, but these players represent the biggest problems for the club's hierarchy. Hazard's mammoth wages and poor displays will force Los Blancos to cut their losses and let him leave for less than €60M, which is the amount needed to balance the team's books in regards to his signing. This way, the team's most expensive signing of all time up to this day will be shown the exit door in the most embarrassing way.
In Mariano's case, the player has been urged to leave the club before, but his desire to play for Los Merengues has seen him turning down offers to join teams such as Villarreal or Rayo Vallecano, even if the teams involved had reached initial agreements with Real Madrid to add him to their rosters.
These exits will give Los Blancos a chance to hire players such as Kylian Mbappé, who seems destined to join the Spanish capital giants. But even if all these players leave, Real Madrid will need to handle their squad a bit better to keep them as title contenders across all competitions, and that will only be possible if they have a great starting lineup reinforced by some reliable backups, something the team is lacking right now.