The crazy eleven of free stars in 2024


By: Manu Tournoux

We start straight away with a goalkeeper that we know well in France because he shone for a few seasons in Ligue 1 and the Champions League with PSG, it’s Keylor Navas. At the moment, the Costa Rican does not know where he will play next season. Relegated to the hierarchy of Parisian goalkeepers since the arrival of Gianluigi Donnarumma, the former Real Madrid goalkeeper has not appeared in the group in recent weeks due to lower back pain. But at 37, he is at a crossroads. His loan to Nottingham Forest last season showed that he still had the ability to be number 1. But six months before the end of his contract with Paris, the winter transfer window could have been an excellent opportunity for him to find a new base and the club to free itself from a big contract. Except that the three-time winner of the Champions League wants to complete his contract in the French capital. For the future, his name is mentioned in MLS or the Saudi Pro League, unless a Ligue 1 club seizes the opportunity.

This is certainly one of the big moves to be made next summer. At 26, Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be free from any contract after 5 years in the colors of Manchester United. The former England international hopeful has a troubled history with the Red Devils. Between repeated injuries, irregular performances and complicated competition to manage, the defender has never established himself on continuity at Old Trafford. Mario Hermoso is at a crossroads. The Spanish international is coming to the end of his contract at Atlético de Madrid. Still an executive with the Colchoneros, his future is far from being settled. The defender also recently confided that he was seriously thinking about the options that would be presented to him, thus leaving doubt. At his side, Joel Matip would do no harm. But first he will have to recover from his knee injury which is currently keeping him away from the field. Especially since this season, he had regained playing time and a starting place in Jürgen Klopp’s eleven. At the left-back position, there is a little 23-year-old who is pushing. This is Juan Miranda from Betis who has become a real reference in his position in La Liga. He will be free at the end of the season.

An anthological environment, an attack made in Ligue 1

In the midfield, there are only aesthetes! We start with Luka Modric. The 2018 Ballon d’Or remains at a more than adequate level during his appearances with Real Madrid but for the 38-year-old Croatian, he does not play enough. Free at the end of the season, he should not continue his superb adventure, filled with trophies, in Madrid. At his side, he also wrote the most beautiful pages in the recent history of Real Madrid, it is obviously Toni Kroos. The German continues to be a major player for the Merengue club under Carlo Ancelotti. But after 10 years of good and loyal service in the Spanish capital, he could hang up his boots at just 33 years old. A bit of youth all the same in this midfielder. We find a Frenchman who is still likely to liven up the transfer window next summer, it’s Adrien Rabiot. Last year he only extended his contract for one more season with Juventus, so he finds himself in the same situation in 2024.

We move on to the attackers and there too, it’s heavy! The first name in this eleven is Angel Di Maria. Given his performances since his return to Benfica, the Argentinian is far from finished. He is one of the spearheads of the Portuguese club, he brings his experience, his grinta but has only signed a one-year contract with the Eagles. At number 9, we find a Frenchman who has shone wherever he has been. We are obviously talking about Olivier Giroud, the top scorer in the history of the France team. For two seasons, he has been shining under the colors of AC Milan but his contract ends in June. Obviously, we end with what risks being the biggest soap opera of the next summer transfer window, the future of Kylian Mbappé. The Frenchman has already informed PSG that he will not activate his option for an additional year and finds himself in the same situation as in 2022 where he had extended at the end of the Paris season. For the moment, the Frenchman remains silent about his intentions but has no shortage of suitors.

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