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Real Madrid’s loanees future is decided ahead of a summer overhaul

Real Madrid are set to rattle some serious cages in the transfer window this summer but will consider the futures of loanees before setting foot in the market.

Florentino Perez will re-emerge from the shadows this summer. Perez, who is know for his high-profile dealings, had opted of a subdued approach in the transfer window in the past couple of seasons. With Real Madrid not pulling their weight both domestically and in Europe, he is expected to return to his old self. But before the club start splashing the cash, they are expected to make decisions on players currently out on loan.

James Rodriguez

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James Rodriguez’s relationship with Zidane might be a key issue regarding his future at Real Madrid.
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James Rodriguez is probably the biggest name on this list. The Columbian has been plying his trade in the Bundesliga. James, who is on a two-year loan at Bayern Munich, is expected to return to the Bernabeu. The 27-year-old started brightly under Carlo Ancelotti but has tailed off since Niko Kovac took over. He has been starved off minutes on the pitch and has expressed his dissent time and time again. But Real Madrid and Zidane do not look interested in the playmaker either. So it might be a Morata situation wherein, he might come back to Spain only to be shipped off to another club.

Mateo Kovacic

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Mateo Kovacic was mostly confined to the bench during his time at Real Madrid.
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Mateo Kovacic’s case is an interesting one. The Croat is an undoubtedly talented midfielder but has endured an identity crisis at Chelsea. After largely being confined to the bench at Real, a move to the Premier League was expected to unleash the contained beast. He has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge and the recent emergence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek is only to his detriment. Kovacic has expressed a desire to make his move permanent but a transfer ban for the Blues has complicated matters. Kovacic might not be a starter for Madrid yet and another loan spell might be on the horizon.

Martin Odegaard

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Martin Odegaard might be the next superstar if he can maintain the levels of his performance.
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“He could be the best player in the world. But I don’t care because he was not a player who I asked for. That signing was to do with PR,” said Carlo Ancelotti. His time at the Spanish capital could easily have destroyed him mentally. But Odegaard has pulled his socks and shown the world what he is made of. Since joining Vitesse, the Norwegian has been setting the Eredivisie alight. He is among the top 10 for dribbles per game and key passes per 90. Given Zidane’s willingness to give youngsters a chance, Odegaard might be back in Real Madrid whites next season. But even if he doesn’t, there is still time for him given he is still 19.

Author’s Take

Real Madrid also have the likes of Theo Hernandez, Raul De Tomas and Borja Mayoral on loan at Spanish clubs. It is tough to see any of the above-mentioned stars staking a claim for a place in the eleven next season. While James might be sold, the Kovacics and the Hernandez’s might be loaned out once again. The one player with an outside chance to make the cut is Martin Odegaard.

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