It's been a summer of upheaval at the Santiago Bernabeu.
This may be surprising given that Real Madrid won the Champions League and Copa Del Rey titles mere months ago. But it's not exactly shocking upon deeper reflection, given Florentino Perez's penchant for disrupting winning teams to make room for glitzy superstar signings.
The departure of key players from the 2013-14 season has caused much consternation among fans and even some players. The team's serial record-breaking goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo strongly hinted that he was unhappy with Real Madrid's player departures, in comments tweeted by ESPN's Dermot Corrigan. Meanwhile, defensive lynchpin Sergio Ramos was reported by Goal.com as saying he would "keep his opinions to himself."
A couple of players—third-choice goalkeeper Dani Pacheco and two-time loanee Nuri Sahin—have departed without anybody noticing or caring. But the following four major departures all stand to have a big impact on Real Madrid going forward.