Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has started preparations for his 13th season at the club by linking up with his teammates for pre-season.
The week kicked off with Ramos checking into Real’s Beverly Hills Hotel and now the Spanish international will join in with training, which has now increased the original 25 man squad to 27 players.
Ramos is an existing Real player but the recent addition of Dani Ceballos from Real Betis saw the midfielder fly out to Los Angeles upon his arrival last week.
Los Blancos are now preparing in LA ahead of the friendlies with Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona in the International Champions Cup and face an all-star MSL side too.
Meanwhile, a player who has been at the Santiago Bernabeu longer than the captain, Dani Carvajal has looked ahead to the new campaign, which will be his 15th at Real.
He told realmadrid.com the squad are ‘really excited and are raring to go’ but he still feels there’s ‘a lot more to come from this side’ with plenty more silverware targeted.
‘We want to win all of the competitions we’re involved in, there’s real ambition in this squad. We want to give our all and win a lot of silverware for the Real Madrid fans. This is my 15th season and with every passing year I feel prouder to be at this club. I hope to be here for many years to come and I can only but thank the club for all it has given me.’
Adding of pre-season: ‘Today’s was a pretty demanding session, with some running drills at a good pace, but that’s just what we need. If we want to be firing on all cylinders come March and April we have to be at 100%, these weeks are all about suffering.’
Real, which happened so often when it really mattered last season, started the last campaign with a fightback to secure the European Super Cup against Sevilla and Carvajal feels that set us up for what lay ahead.
He went on to say he feels the same ahead of this summer’s Super Cup against Europa League winners United.
‘I remember that in last year’s Super Cup against Sevilla we were able to fight back in the final minutes thanks to our strong fitness levels, which could be crucial for the whole season.’