Real Madrid: 5 Players Who Won't Be Leaving This Summer
Real Madrid is having a fantastic year, shattering the La Liga scoring record and holding a seven-point lead over rivals Barcelona. Their offense is one of the most potent in the world, with a lineup of huge stars with eyes for goal.
As Madrid approaches league success and holds the potential for Champions League success, it's no wonder that their offensive stars are being eyed hungrily by clubs around the world.
Madrid's offense won't see any major changes in the summer, though, and these five key players will certainly not be leaving.
Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria has been linked with a summer move to Chelsea, but that move is highly unlikely.
Di Maria is La Liga's second-best assist man and is an integral part of Real Madrid's offense, operating from the right wing.
The Argentine was missed in his time of injury this year, and Jose Mourinho is certainly high on Di Maria, as he was his first Madrid signing.
In addition, Real Madrid are ready to block any offer Chelsea might propose, which is rumored to be around £35 million.
Karim Benzema, Madrid's first-choice striker, has been linked several times with a move to Arsenal.
Arsenal are in need of another reliable striker, and the young Frenchman has proven himself a true poacher in front of the net, knocking in 29 goals across all competitions this season, along with 11 assists.
Madrid have other plans, however. Considering Los Blancos have just two first team strikers, it's unlikely Benzema will make an exit.
Gonzalo Higuain, though he usually plays second fiddle to Karim Benzema, has made important contributions to Real Madrid's offense this year. Netting 21 league goals in just 16 appearances, his goals-per-minute rate is higher than Lionel Messi's.
Unfortunately for these English clubs, Higuain's agent, who also happens to be his father, has rubbished the transfer talk and insists that Higuain intends to honor his full contract at Madrid, which has four years left.
Mesut Ozil, the 23-year-old German international, has been dominant in his time at Madrid. The young playmaker has set up more goals than any other player in a top European league and currently leads La Liga in asissts.
Manchester United are very keen to add some creativity to their midfield and are expected to make a bid in the summer. United are in need of midfielders, and Ozil is undoubtedly of the highest caliber.
That said, Ozil himself has refuted the rumors, as has his agent. Considering his importance to Madrid's offense, its highly unlikely they will be content to see him leave.
Cristiano Ronaldo's had a fantastic time at Madrid, scoring well over a hundred goals in just two years. He's been vital to Real Madrid and has been arguably the best player in the world. It's no surprise that he's the topic of transfer for teams like Chelsea and Manchester City.
The most expensive player is unlikely to leave Madrid cheaply, especially not considering the incredible form he's been in. Ronaldo's stated that Jose Mourinho is the key to him staying, and Mourinho has expressed that he will not be leaving Madrid this year.