Perez plans cull and says Ribery's a no-go

As the dust begins to settle after Kaka's world-record transfer from Milan, Madrid's thoughts have turned to balancing their bloated squad. "At least nine players of the current first-team will leave the club," Perez told TVE's Radiogaceta de los Deportes. With new faces expected and new coach Pellegrini wanting to trim the squad to 25 members, speculation is rife regarding who will stay at the Bernabeu.   The likes of Javier Saviola, Royston Drenthe, Rafael van der Vaart, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Christophe Metzelder have been linked with moves away, as goalkeeper Iker Casillas among those hoping for a more Spanish feel to the squad. With stalwarts Michel Salgado, Raul and Guti no longer assured of a first-team place few look secure as Perez builds for the future. Another man who doesn't look like starting next season at Madrid is highly sought-after French international, Franck Ribery.  "Ribery belongs to Bayern and Bayern do not want to sell him; I have to respect what the club want," said Perez. "But it would be a different matter if they were to change their opinion." 

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