Real Madrid Transfer Talk: 5 Players They Must Send Packing
There are a few players Real Madrid should get rid of as soon as possible to make way for new arrivals.
Madrid can attract the finest talent in the game and shouldn't have to deal with players that are unlikely to play.
There are all sorts reasons why these players should go. Some of them are under-performing, some aren't of the quality necessary to play for Real Madrid, and others aren't as useful to the squad as they once were.
The players on this list are ranked from one to five, with five being a player they should let go but may not be able to at the moment and one being a player that should go as soon as possible.
Here are five players Real Madrid must send packing.
5. Alvaro Arbeloa
As stated recently by Goal.com's Ben Hayward, Alvaro Arbeloa is a sturdy customer on his day but he is still the weak link in Real Madrid's defense.
An average player rating of 6.9 on WhoScored.com shows the player is operating a little better than a six out of 10, but looking at the match history there are only two quality performances in eight games.
Arbeloa is more likely than the other Madrid defenders to get singled out as a weakness due to a lack of exceptional strength, pace or positioning. He is decent enough in each category to do okay for most games but can be pinpointed by a team with a quality attacker on his side.
He doesn't offer too much going forward either with rarely a dangerous cross coming from his side.
Arbeloa will continue his role as Los Blancos' starting right-back as he is the best option since Sergio Ramos has fully converted to a central position. In that sense, he is the least expendable player on this list.
Still, there are better players in the world who can offer more to Real Madrid on either end and Arbeloa's time at the club should come to an end soon.
4. Raul Albiol
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Ever since Jose Mourinho arrived at Madrid in the 2010/11 season, Raul Albiol has seen less playing time.
In his debut season in 2009/10 he featured 41 times.
In 2010/11 he featured 32 times (though six of those games came in the Copa Del Rey and thus signify his decreased importance in Madrid's central defensive pecking order).
In 2011/12 he played only 17 games and so far this season he has turned out nine times.
Albiol was highly-rated when he joined the club but has since become a plan B if players are injured or suspended. Even young Frenchman Raphael Varane seems to be preferred ahead of him in Jose Mourinho's selection.
Real Madrid has a solid central defensive trio with Varane, Sergio Ramos as well as Pepe and then there is Albiol, Ricardo Carvalho and youngster Nacho Fernandez.
Albiol may be a little less expendable than Carvalho due to his age, but with Fernandez knocking on the door, should Mourinho actually begin to use Castilla products more, his time at the club should come to an end.
(All statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet)
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To say Kaka should be sent packing is a discredit to a player who was once considered the best in the game.
Unfortunately that's the point the Brazilian midfielder has reached in his career.
Could he still be useful to Real Madrid? Sure, but there's not much evidence to suggest that he will become more than an afterthought similar to Raul Albiol.
At the age of 30, Kaka needs playing time and he is not getting that at Real Madrid.
Last season seemed as if it would be a siginificant turning point in his time at Madrid as he played in 40 games after making only 20 appearances in the 2010/11 season.(statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet)
He's played in eight games this season and that is while Mesut Ozil has struggled to replicate his form of the past two seasons. Here's a nice analysis on Ozil's predicament from Bleacher Report's own Allan Jiang.
For his sake, and so the club can move forward with younger options, Kaka should leave Madrid as soon as possible.
2. Ricardo Carvalho
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Ricardo Carvalho would not be a loss for Real Madrid by any means were he to leave the club.
The Portuguese central defender came into the club and played an integral part in the 2010/11 season. He made 48 appearances while helping the club wrestle the Copa del Rey from Barcelona's grasp.
Age and injuries mean he is no longer the key player in Madrid's central defense as he featured 13 times last season and only twice so far in 2012/13.
According to ESPN Soccernet, Carvalho was even linked with a loan move to QPR this summer.
Carvalho clearly has no future at Real Madrid despite being one of Jose Mourinho's preferred players in the past.
A move in the winter transfer window is a major possibility for the 34-year-old defender.
(All statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet)
1. Pedro Leon
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Before the end of last season, Sky Sports revealed the winger's lack of interest in returning to Real Madrid while Jose Mourinho remained in charge.
Leon made only 10 appearances during his one season at Real Madrid.(statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet)
With Jose Callejon, Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Angel Di Maria in front of him, and with Mesut Ozil capable of playing out wide, Leon has no future whatsoever at Real Madrid.
He has been in good form for Getafe this season with two goals and three assists to his name. His stay at Getafe should become a permanent one in the future barring interest from other clubs.