Real Madrid Return to preseason training on Monday, 44 days after the 2020/21 season ends on May 22.
On Monday morning they will see everyone pass their regular medical examinations and check-ups before returning at 18:00 CEST for the first session of Carlo Ancelotti’s second stage at the club.
Ancelotti will start with only 13 first-team players available. Andriy Lunin, Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola, Ferland Mendy, Isco, Martin Odegaard, Lucas Vazquez, Mariano Diaz, Rodrygo Goes, Brahim Diaz and Luka Jovic everyone will be reporting to Valdebebas. 16 more players will be missing, while 10 homegrown players will take the step of Castilla and other underage teams to complete the numbers.
On Sergio Ramos‘absence, having now left the club at the end of his contract, Marcelo will go through his first training and his first preseason as Real MadridCaptain of the first team.
Ancelotti will begin to lead a revolution in Valdebebas, with the entry of his back room staff. One of the most prominent arrivals is that of Antonio Pintus, who has returned to the club after Zinedine ZidaneDeparture. Luis Llopis He is also a returning face, taking over the club’s goalkeepers.
PintusThe comeback is particularly important, with him known for his precision in physical preparation, which is something that questions were asked about last season, as Los Blancos suffered around 60 injuries throughout the season.
The week of the ‘transfers’
International commitments stand in the way of Ancelottifirst plans. On Monday, he will have nine players still out on vacation after having finished representing their respective countries at Euro 2020 and the America’s Cup, though Casemiro, Eder Militao and Vinicius Junior they are still in action in Brazil.
Also, Marco Asensio, Jesus Vallejo, Dani Ceballos and Take Kubo they are out with their national teams before the Olympics.
As a result, the week of July 19-25 will be key for players to return after their vacation. That week you will see David Alaba, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos report for duty. Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Fede Valverde could return towards the end of that same week. At the end of the month then Ancelotti you should have about 80 percent of your squad available.
Nothing has been established yet, but Real Madrid they are trying to organize at least three matches against European rivals. The location for them is still up in the air due to the pandemic and ever-changing travel restrictions.