Saturday, 9th July, 2011

Real Madrid appear to have earmarked a number of players for the exit door this summer after announcing their squad for a pre-season training camp in the United States.

Chief amongst those players left behind is tough-tackling defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra, who now looks all set to be sold.

Los Blancos also omitted Pedro Leon, Sergio Canales and Royston Drenthe from their trip, while Hamit Altintop is not ready to travel and Fernando Gago, Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Garay are in action at the Copa America in Argentina.

Jose Mourinho’s decision to exclude Diarra however is set to take the lion’s share of the limelight, with the French midfielder expected to be in demand from clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur while a return to Arsenal, who face losing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, cannot be ruled out.

The 26-year-old joined Real Madrid in 2009, moving from English side Portsmouth for €20M.

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