Real Madrid are already planning next season with a different number 1. Thibault Courtois was only signed in the summer of 2018 but has struggled to hit the world-class form he regularly showed at Cheslea. The sorry state of affairs at Real, where they have just been dumped out of the Champions league at home by Ajax, has not helped the Belgium stopper settle.
Ramos and Varane have been suspect all season, and some are already saying that the usually impervious Ramos is on a steep decline. Real have conceded more goals than any other team in the top five of La Liga. Compare Jan Oblak’s 17 goals conceded at Atletico to the 31 Real have let in.
Jan Oblak has been on Real’s radar for years, but under Diego Simeone’s revival, Atletico have been able to reject their approaches. David De Gea will likely stay ay United now that Jose Mourinho had left the club. The most likely option is a return to the starting line up of Keylar Navas. The Costa Rican international was cast aside to make room for Courtois in the summer of 2018. This was after being named “UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the year” after helping Real win their third consecutive title. It was a brutal move to drop him at this point, and the experiment looks to have backfired. Is it time to make amends?