Real Madrid’s EIGHT-man most unwanted list: Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and Takefusa Kubo – once dubbed the ‘Japanese Messi’ – head list of cast-offs as European champions plan massive clearout
- Real Madrid make eight players available for departure in mass club clearout
- Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos among the eight-man list of unwanted players
- Takefusa Kubo nears a Real Sociedad move and Borja Mayoral has two offers
- Jesus Vallejo, Reinier Jesus, Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola make up the rest
- The eight players could join the growing list of Los Blancos exits this summer
- Gareth Bale has joined MLS side LAFC and Mercelo and Isco are now free agents
Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and Takefusa Kubo are amongst the most prominent names on Real Madrid’s eight-man unwanted list.
Asensio, Ceballos, and Kubo are joined by Jesus Vallejo, Mariano Diaz, Borja Mayoral, Alvaro Odriozola and Reinier Jesus as the European Champions look to clear out their distended squad ahead of the new season.
This comes just months after Los Blancos secured a record-extending 14th Champions League and 35th LaLiga title, and they have already seen several big names leave the Santiago Bernabeu this window.
Marco Asensio played 235 times for Real Madrid and was part of five Champions League wins
Asensio is perhaps the most surprising name on the list, having played 235 games for Los Blancos, but according to reports from Marca, he will not have his current deal extended at the club.
He has previously been outspoken about his lack of game-time, and although Real have offered no assurances that things would change for him next season, they will not bar the way for a potential exit this summer before he leaves for free next year.
He said: ‘I have one year left on my contract and I have three possibilities, after the international break we will talk.’
Dani Ceballos and Takefusa Kubo are among those being shown the exit by Los Blancos
Mariano Diaz and Jesus Vallejo will leave despite the latter impressing against Manchester City
Former Arsenal loanee Ceballos finds himself in a similar position to Asensio, and since returning from a two-year spell at the Emirates has not been able to land himself a starting role in the Real lineup.
He is thought to favour a move to boyhood club Real Betis, but any deal would require him to lower his high wage demands.
Kubo – once branded the Japanese Messi – is another Real starlet to fail to live up to the hype, and is now on the cusp of a switch to Real Sociedad, while Diaz is awaiting offers for the currents season in the knowledge he will likely not play.
Reiner Jesus, 20, will be made available for a move away from the club in this summer window
Borja Mayoral has spent several spells away on loan most notably last season with Roma
Alvaro Odriozola is yet to attract any interest from other clubs
In the case of the other players being shown the door, it is thought to be a case of taking the club forwards without deadweight holding them back and with the high-profile exits already this summer it is clear Carlo Ancelotti is trying to build a new, fresher squad.
Vallejo and Odriozola have been made available to other clubs for any move away, whilst Reinier is believed to have no place in the current side and is encouraged to play elsewhere.
Mayoral, who has recently returned from loan at Jose Mourinho’s Roma, has offers from LaLiga sides Getafe and Celta Vigo to consider and as such is halfway out the door already.
Real have already parted with three of their longest-serving players in the shape of Gareth Bale, who has joined LAFC, free-agent Isco, and club captain Marcelo who leaves after 15 years and five Champions League titles.
Club captain Marcelo left Los Blancos after 15 years and five Champions League titles
Gareth Bale was presented as a Los Angeles FC player last week after signing a one-year deal