If Jorge Valdano returns to Real Madrid in the summer then things are set to change, as he explained at the weekend...Real Madrid in the summer, hinting at which players will go.
The Argentinean was co-commentating on los Merengues' defeat at Valencia on Saturday, running through different areas of concern as the team slumped to their second successive defeat.
Coach Juande Ramos was the first to be singled out. Valdano was not impressed that he had decided to criticise the squad in the build-up to the game in Mestalla.
"There is a danger that the team will become disheartened. Valencia were superior in their attitude," he said on La Sexta.
"His statements last week, saying things against the team, did not help the players go out and play with the pride that they needed to.
"People watching on television can say things like that, but not the coach of Madrid. He is required to ask for more from the players."
On Royston Drenthe, the former Madrid coach, who would likely become the general manager at the Bernabeu if Florentino Perez wins the election, gave his damning verdict.
"He is a mystery without a solution. He arrived at Madrid as a very young player and he has yet to adapt to the football or the culture," he continued.
Rafael van der Vaart may not be playing for los Merengues next term if Valdano has his way as he feels that the Dutchman is no better than many other players at the club.
"He has a lot of class, but no more than Guti. The nickname Van der Crack? Well, at least this season with Madrid he not been. There are plenty of attacking midfielders, especially at Real Madrid," he added.
Fernando Gago's name has also been mentioned as being part of the summer clear-out and Valdano has not been impressed with his compatriot.
"For each ball he loses he has to run 200 metres. He does not play well alongside Javi Garcia. He is too imprecise in what he does because he is too far from the centre circle," he explained.
Fabio Cannavaro's public desire to leave and subsequent talks with other clubs should have meant that he was dropped earlier, according to Valdano, who hinted that the board would step in under his regime to deal with team affairs if this happened.
"He has to honour the contract that he has with Real Madrid. A player that is given a place in the team has to respond. If not, the coach must be told not to play him," he said.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com