In the middle of this enormous and historic four-game El Clasico special with Barcelona, I take it upon myself to ponder upon the Real Madrid players who might not be with the team in the summer.
"Well, Paul, why look that far ahead? Concentrate on the present! On the Copa del Rey and the Champions League!"
"Because I can't wait for these games to start and I have to pass the time!"
And so, it makes me a little teary-eyed to think about some of the players leaving since I've come to admire and accept every single member of this 2010-2011 Real Madrid club. Under the first year of Jose Mourinho, the players seem to have fallen in line with "The Special One," and the team seems to generally get along with each other on and off the field.
But football being an entertainment business, meaning lots and lots of dinero is riding on transfers, marketing, and product placement, it's definitely not a surprise for players to go and players to stay.
Here are the 10 likeliest players that might leave Real Madrid this summer, ranked, by how I feel, from least importance to most importance to the club, both on-the-field and off it. Additionally listed are potential destinations should the players leave.