Competition
  • Premier League
  • Liga Portuguesa
Premier League
Liga Portuguesa

REAL MADRID

Real Madrid: An overview of the players' stock under Zidane

Real Madrid: An overview of the players' stock under Zidane

Rodrigo Jiménez

EFE

Whose stock is rising, falling or staying the same in recent weeks since Zinedine Zidane took over Real Madrid for the second time.

Zinedine Zidane has spent almost half of his the 11 games he had to examine and appraise his squad for the upcoming season in an effort to decide who would stay and who would go in the summer. He brought back key pieces from previous years including Marcelo and Keylor and has started to drop hints as to who is outside his plans.

Here are the numbers regarding players minutes since Zidane took over for the second time at Real Madrid.

Rising

Keylor (360 minutes, 80% of the total)

Zidane already defended him when Real Madrid wanted Kepa from Athletic Bilbao and he hopes to stay. The only time he has been left wanting was against Valencia but he has played a significant role since Zidane returned even if Courtois has been injured.

Luca Zidane (90 minutes, 20%)

He started as the fourth choice goalkeeper but Casilla left for Leeds and Luca's stock did not rise. His father started him against Huesca in a 3-2 win and said "Luca is here on his own merits" and he should remain at the club.

Sergio Ramos (270 minutes, 60%)

"He is a natural leader," said Zidane. They were teammates before and now Ramos is an extension of Zidane in the squad. He rotated against Eibar and left Ramos out and now he is injured. No questions over his future.

Varane (360 minutes, 80%)

The psychologial work of the manager was key to redirect Varane's thinking. He was upset linked with a move to PSG but Zidane has vetoed any talk of an exit and he should remain in the side with the help of a contract renewal.

Fede Valverde (208 minutes, 46%)

Zidane has shown a special interest in watching the young midfielder. He has played in four of five games and started two of them. The club thinks the same as Zidane. The Uruguayan is the future.

Modric (333 minutes, 74%)

The Croatian, almost since he arrived at the Bernabéu in 2012, has been one of the most important parts of the team. Zidane, just like he did in his previous spell at the club, counts on him.

Asensio (325 minutes, 72%)

Zidane carries a lot of hope for Asensio. He considers the young attacker a vital part of his project and is one of the players they are expecting the most from next season.

Benzema (442 minutes, 98%)

Zidane trusts him and Benzema responds. Even at the worst moments, Benzema steps up for the manager and his 27 goals this season mean he isn't going anywhere.

Staying put

Carvajal (90 minutes, 20%)

Hasn't been seen much under the French manager because he wasn't available until the Leganés game due to a muscle injury. His place in the starting eleven doesn't seem under any risk.

Odriozola (360 minutes, 80%)

Played well during Carvajal's injury but Real Madrid haven't been playing the very best either. For Zidane, right-back is not a concern.

Nacho (270 mminutes, 60%)

Heading into next season celebrating his 20th birthday and competing with Militao as the third central defender. For Zidane, Nacho is solid and has played in three games so far against Huesca, Eibar and Leganés.

Marcelo (360 minutes, 80%)

Zidane is keen to keep Marcelo at the club in the hope of getting the very best out of him once again. Untouchable as far as Zidane goes. Has played every game except the Eibar one and Zidane has convinced him to change his mind on Juventus move.

Reguilón (90 minutes, 20%)

Without Solari, he returned to the bench. he only played against Eibar due to Marcelo suspension. "Marcelo is a starter," admitted the academy player when Zidane returned. In the summer, Theo Hernández returns and the competition will begin.

Casemiro (180 minutes, 40%)

A unit in Zidane's first spell but worry over his physical decline. He just played against Valencia and this last Monday at Butarque. 

Isco (331 minutes, 73%)

Starter for Zizour in Cardiff and Kiev finals. He has started in four of the five games under him this time. However, he has convinced entirely and doubts remains about whether to sell him or not.

Lucas Vázquez (131 minutes, 29%)

He has Zidane's full confidence and response to that. Solari held him in high esteem too. He wants to continue at the club but with some of the massive names mentioned, he could be shipped to accommodate them.

Vinicius (0 minutes)

Injured against Ajax, Zidane hasn't seen him in training yet. A starter under Solari and awaiting the summer arrivals to see what to do with him and where he will play. 

Dropping

Courtois (0 minutes)

Zidane brought Keylor back in for his 'redebut' after falling out of favour. The muscle injury for Courtois has offered him even more chances and it looks like the Belgian's career at Real Madrid could be over before it really began.

Vallejo (0 minutes)

His role has not changed and he is one of three players under Zidane without a single minute even though he was available. The plan is to send him on loan and the manager has given that move the OK.

Marcos Llorente (79 minutes, 17%)

Never connected with Zidane and nothing has changed. The French manager has made him available for a move. "He needs to play," Zidane said before referencing his loan spell at Alaves. 

Kroos (167 minutes, 37%)

It has been a strange year for kroos and Zidane's return hasn't changed that. In fact, the manager hasn't shown any special interest in the midfielder. Just one full game and a sub in the other one he played in.

Ceballos (117 minutes, 26%)

Things did not end well under Zidane for him and he confessed that if Zidane stayed, he would have ended up leaving. Played him in the opening two games but hasn't been seen since.

Brahim (64 minutes, 14%)

Zidane wanted to test him in the final stretch of the seaso but his role has not changed after a start against Huesca. Loan deal most likely.

Bale (292 minutes, 64,88%)

The connection between the two is not the strongest and Bale hinted at an exit before the manager resigned shortly after the Champions League final. The idea is to sell and use the cash for fresh faces.

Mariano (32 minutes, 7%)

Hardly counted on by Zidane in his previous spell in charge and that remains the same. Most recent injury makes it even more likely that he won't change that and a move out of the club is most likely.