Real Madrid squad travelled to the United States to start three weeks of training to be ready for the first two titles of the season, the Supercups. Los Blancos will play on the 8th of August against Manchester United at Skopje, their first clash of the season. Now, it’s time to prepare physically for a challenging season at UCLA, the University of Los Angeles. Obviously, James Rodríguez was not on that plane, after signing with Bayern Munich.
Together with the squad, Zinedine Zidane has included eight youngsters in the list. Four from Castilla –Luca Zidane, Achraf, Álvaro Tejero and Luismi Quezada– and four other from the Youth team –Manu Hernando, Óscar Rodríguez, Franchu and Dani Gómez-. The eighth player is Luca Zidane, who could be Real Madrid third goalkeeper this season if Rubén Yáñez leaves the club.
We can also find Achraf Hakimi who was pointed out to be Danilo’s replacement in case the right back left the club to join Juventus. He will have to fight with Álvaro Tejero who was also on the plane.
All the players are available with the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo, who will join the group on the 2nd of August after playing the Confederations Cup. The Portuguese player hasn’t spoken yet about his problems with the Tax Authorities and his intention to leave the club, although Florentino Pérez expects him to stay.
There aren’t also available the U-21 players who were present in the European Championship: Jesús Vallejo, Asensio, Llorente and Mayoral. They will join the squad on the 20th of July. Dani Ceballos should be present that day as well, but we are still awaiting for the official confirmation of his signing by the club.
The president Florentino Pérez will also join the pre-season tour on the 20th of July, together with José Ángel Sánchez. Both will be working in Madrid and they should be present in Dani Ceballos’ unveiling, an act that should take place on the 20th of July.