The Madrid press focuses today on how the Real squad is shaping up ahead of the new season.
Marca goes with Pepe on its front page and covers the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the defender’s future at the club. The 30-year-old has been linked with a move to Machester City this summer, but Marca claims new Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti is relying on the player to form part of his squad this season.
Spain’s biggest selling paper also reveals how crucial Zinedine Zidane is in closing transfer deals for the club. It says he phoned Isco before his transfer to persuade him that Madrid was the best place for him to continue his career.
And it says the France legend has already called Real Sociedad’s Asier Illarramendi to tell him a similar message.
AS goes with a new survey of referee approval on its front page, with only Barcelona fans being happy with the performance and selection of referees in La Liga.
The paper also focuses on Madrid’s ‘Spanishisation’ project this summer – the signings of Isco and Daniel Carvajal mean there are more Spaniards in the squad the foreign players. According to a poll by the paper, fans of Los Blancos are happy with the process.