Real Madrid's big-spending 'cannot continue' due to bloated squad

‘The €100m signings are OVER’: Real Madrid’s big-spending ‘cannot continue’ as boss Zinedine Zidane faces frustration in pursuit of World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba as he continues squad rebuild

  • Real Madrid are known for their lavish spending and a Galatico transfer policy
  • But Wednesday’s edition of Marca insists that the club’s big spending is over
  • AS Diario add that the club could have as many as 12 players stuck at the club
  • Zinedine Zidane is keen to freshen up his squad and has interest in Paul Pogba 

Zinedine Zidane’s attempts to overhaul his Real Madrid squad could be frustrated as the ‘the €100million (£89m) signings are over’. 

Since returning to the manager’s chair at the Bernabeu, Zidane has been attempting to overhaul an ageing squad in a bid to bring back the level of success he enjoyed in his first spell. 

Both Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba are of interest to the club but Marca’s front cover on Wednesday insists that the days of Galatico style signings is now ‘over’ with the current squad already too saturated.

Wednesday’s Spanish papers report that Real Madrid’s big-spending is ‘over’ going forward

Zinedine Zidane will be tasked with trimming a squad that has 37 players under contract now

AS Diario’s cover story reveals how that of June 30, Real Madrid will have 37 players under contract at the Bernabeu.  

Accompanying a graphic that showed Zidane surrounded by a number of puzzle pieces, to represent the different players, they report that the Frenchman needs to find a new home ‘for a third’ of the squad. 

There are currently 26 players contracted at the club and a further 11 out on loan, leaving Zidane with some major decisions to make in terms of who gets a stay of execution – and who is shown the exit door. 

Any move for PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe would require Real Madrid to spend big money

The likes of Martin Odegaard and Achraf Hakimi have been the two stand-outs on loan spells at Real Sociedad and Borussia Dortmund respectively and they will believe they can push for regular minutes for Real next season. 

Players such as Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez both remain on lucrative contracts at the club and an inability to shift such big earners could stifle moves for some of their top targets. 

Bale has long been deemed not to be in Zidane’s long-term plans and was previously close to a move to China. 

The Welshman was ready to join Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning on a free transfer last summer before Madrid dramatically pulled the plug on that deal.

Gareth Bale is one of a number of stars that could be shipped out to ease the size of the squad 

A large squad is in desperate need of being trimmed with Martin Odegaard impressing on loan

For Colombian midfielder Rodriguez, his contract expires in June 2021 and so if the club cannot attract a buyer this summer, they risk being lumbered with the player for another 12 months. 

Lucas Vasquez and Luka Modric are two others with less than certain futures at the club while Dani Ceballos may not have done enough while on loan at Arsenal to convince Zidane that he is ready to slot back into the club’s midfield alongside Casemiro and Fede Valverde.   

Alongside Mbappe and Pogba, who have longed been linked with a move to the Spanish capital, Eduardo Camavinga and Rayan Cherki are said to be high up on the wishlist of the Madrid boss if he can shift the deadwood. 

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