Real Madrid have confirmed their initial travelling party for their preseason preparations in the United States this summer, with reported Chelsea target Alvaro Morata included but club captain Sergio Ramos staying behind for now.
Senior stars Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Marcelo, Isco and Karim Benzema were all on the plane along with Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane, as was Morata, who has been linked with a £62 million move to join the Premier League champions after Manchester United ended their interest in him.
James Rodriguez was absent though as he completed a loan move to Bayern Munich, while Cristiano Ronaldo is still on his summer break following his Confederations Cup commitments with Portugal.
The La Liga and Champions League holders were heading for UCLA to begin preseason training, with their looming International Champions Cup schedule in the U.S. including high-profile meetings with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United (July 23) in Santa Clara, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City (July 26) in Los Angeles and Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona (July 29) in Miami, as well the MLS All-Stars game (Aug. 2) in Chicago.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are then back to Europe for another meeting with Mourinho’s United in the European Super Cup in Skopje on Aug. 8, then two more Clasicos against Barcelona in the Supercopa double-header the week before the La Liga season is scheduled, but not yet confirmed, to start on Aug. 19.
A club statement confirmed the travelling party — with goalkeeper Luca Zidane among the eight youngsters included.
“Real Madrid begin the 2017-18 pre-season,” the statement said. “Twenty six players travel today from the Spanish capital to Los Angeles. During the United States tour, the Whites will come up against Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona in the International Champions Cup, and an MLS All-Stars side in a friendly. Four matches to prepare for a season full of new challenges that will start on 8 August with the European Super Cup against Manchester United.”
Real Madrid squad:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Casilla, Ruben Yanez and Luca.
Defenders: Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Danilo, Quezada, Tejero, Achraf and Manu Hernando.
Midfielders: Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Kovacic, Oscar and Franchu.
Forwards: Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Morata and Dani Gomez.