Real Madrid are preparing to clear out a raft of mid-tier players this summer, with
Zidane sees no potential whatsoever in Dani Ceballos yet he keeps giving relevant minutes to Lucas Vazquez. It’s quite disappointing.
— Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM) April 20, 2019
Marca report that the squad for Sunday’s 3-0 win over Athletic Club gave a hint into Zidane’s medium-to-long term plans – with the two midfielders not included in the matchday squad.
Ceballos’ future may have been sealed more than six months ago, when he spoke in the wake of Zidane’s departure from the club, clearly not expecting the Frenchman’s speedy return to the Bernabeu.
“During the regular season, I felt frustration and resentment towards Zidane,” he told Radio Marca at the time.
“There was a moment in the season when both Kroos and Modric were injured but he opted to change the style of play to bring in others players instead. It burns you a little and hurts you. We were 15 points behind Barça and only had the Champions League to look forward to but I also did not enter those dynamics.”
Sergio Reguilon has dropped back out of first team contention since Zidane’s return to replace Santiago Solari, having replaced an unfit and out of form Marcelo in the first team for a brief time – with reports linking the Brazilian with a move to Juventus at the end of the season.
Since his reinstatement to the first team under Zidane, those rumours have quietened. Obviously.