Real Madrid's preseason training began on Thursday, and new coach Jose Mourinho didn't waste any time in shaking things up with the Galacticos.
"The Special One," whose hiring was announced about six weeks ago, has already made his presence felt in the Madrid camp, reportedly getting rid of two longtime members of the squad and bringing in four youngsters set to make an immediate impact at the Bernabéu.
In a move likely to upset longtime fans of the club, Mourinho, according to The Independent, told veteran striker Raul Gonzalez that there was no need for him to show up at the team's training session on Thursday, seemingly bringing an end to the 33-year-old's 16-year tenure with the team.
The club's all-time leading goal-scorer with 228 tallies in 550 first-team appearances, Raul hasn't been a regular starter in a few years.
Still, Raul's history with the Galacticos is nothing to scoff at: six Primera Division titles in La Liga, three UEFA Champions League titles (including a goal apiece in the Champions League finals in 2000 and 2002), and 66 goals in 126 Champions League matches, the all-time high in the competition.
Also on the way out of Madrid is attacking midfielder Guti, who had been with the club for 15 years.With five La Liga titles to his name and those same three Champions League crowns—along with 46 first-team goals in 387 appearances since 1999—the 33-year-old Spaniard has an equally impressive resume. But that history means little to Mourinho, who is unofficially giving Raul and Guti time to "sort out their futures." As it stands, though, their immediate futures will not be with Real Madrid.
In their stead, the Special One has already reportedly paid 25 million Euros ($32.3 million) to land 22-year-old Argentine wing midfielder Angel Di Maria, who played in all five of his country's matches in the World Cup in South Africa.
Mourinho was also hot on the trail of German midfielder Sami Khedira, who was in Madrid on Thursday prior to the official announcement of his 10 million Euro ($12.9 million) move from Stuttgart in Germany.
The 23-year-old, up-and-coming star scored the game-winning goal for his country in the third-place game at the recent World Cup in South Africa.
Also joining Real Madrid as the Mourinho era gets underway is right wing Pedro Leon, whose 10 million Euro ($12.9 million) move from fellow Spanish side Getafe is reportedly a permanent one.
The 23-year-old is deadly on set pieces and has made six appearances for Spain's under-21 side.
Mourinho rounded out his opening day additions by announcing that, like Pedro Leon, striker Sergio Canales's move from Racing Santander was not a loan, but a permanent signing.
The 19-year-old Santander native spent three seasons with the club's A team, totaling six goals in 32 matches.
So with new head man Jose Mourinho making so many changes on Day One at the helm for Real Madrid, what could be next on the Special One's agenda?
Whether it's going after Chelsea left back Ashley Cole or looking to add a full-time central defender, Mourinho is likely to keep things exciting in Madrid this summer.