Real Madrid risk disaster if Sergio Ramos & Iker Casillas leave

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Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas could find themselves wearing the jerseys of Manchester United and Porto respectively, if recent reports are accurate and are to be believed.

Just 14 months ago, when both were instrumental in winning La Decima for Real Madrid, such a scenario would seem inconceivable.

But it appears both players have had enough.


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Ramos with the constant politics behind the scenes at the club and Casillas with the boos and whistles now routinely received from the terraces of the Santiago Bernabeu.

For two such great servants to Los Blancos, it's probably not the way that either intended to finish their time in Spain, but it does seem almost certain that both will be plying their trade elsewhere next season.

Dressing room void

One, or in this case two, players don't make a team but when it is two of your most senior players, two of the most authoritative dressing room voices, then that is going to leave a massive void.

Rafael Benitez certainly has his work cut out.

Part of the reason behind why Ramos is expected to leave is the treatment of Carlo Ancelotti, Benitez's predecessor.

Well liked by the players, there are pretty strong suggestions from the dressing room that they saw no reason for the Italian to be relieved of his duties.

When you consider his win ratio of 75 percent is the best in Madrid's entire history, you can understand the ire of members of the playing staff.

Perhaps under that backdrop, Benitez is going to find his biggest challenge. Not that it will worry the ex-Castilla man.

Cold shoulder

Steven Gerrard once famously noted how detached the Spaniard is from his players, so the arm round the shoulder that was often given by Ancelotti won't be forthcoming from the new man in charge.

Results will be everything in this season as Real go off in hot pursuit of their Catalan nemesis Barcelona.

Having just become the first team ever to win the treble twice, there is a genuine chance for the Blaugrana to go on and win another sextuple, thereby supplanting them as the one of the very best club teams in history.

Florentino Perez and his cronies won't stand for that kind of humiliation, which makes their decisions to allow the sales of Ramos and Casillas all the more remarkable.

Aside from the odd lapses in concentration that every player has from time to time, neither is in particularly poor form, and age certainly isn't a barrier to their excellence. There's more than enough life in these old dogs yet.

High risk, high reward?

Taking both out of the equation really does put the cat amongst the pigeons, especially if Benitez's men don't hit the ground running.

Ramos' omission would see a centre-back pairing of Pepe and Raphael Varane, a duo that hasn't worked in the past for a variety of reasons, but namely because neither can play the opposite role to their natural one with any great deal of aplomb.

Casillas may be making way for David de Gea, both internationally and at club level. For the latter however, there would be a settling in period. Real Madrid can't afford any passengers from the get-go in 2015/16.

It's a high risk strategy which could end up nullifying Real's threat almost immediately.

But high risk does bring with it high reward. Perez and Benitez will be banking on it.

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