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Nine Real Madrid first-team stars to resume pre-season training on Monday

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Real Madrid have an exciting preseason in store. Over the next 30 days, the men in white are set to face off against Juventus, FC Barcelona, Manchester United and AC Milan in the United States of America providing the manager ample time to get accustomed to his refurbished squad.

The new objective begins on Monday as the club officially kick off their preparations for the 2023-24 season at the Valdebebas. However, the entire squad will not return from the hiatus together.

According to reports from Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, nine first-team stars are set to return on the first day of the coming week. They will be joined by the Castilla players in training sessions. The rest of the team will only link up on the 20th of July in the USA.

Another interesting aspect of the scheduled preparatory phase is the managerial department. The journalist reports that both Carlo Ancelotti and Raul Gonzalez will jointly oversee the preparations of the players. The two tacticians see eye to eye and have a complete understanding among them.

The joint sessions will go on for around ten days until the first team makes its way to America. Needless to say, there could be some Castilla stars who make the trip too in the hope of impressing the Italian manager.

It will be critical for Ancelotti to weigh up his options and find synchrony amidst the mix of departures and arrivals at the Santiago Bernabeu. After all, there are some big changes in the team dynamics.

With four forwards departing the club and a relatively large number of quality midfielders in the mix, there is a chance that the manager opts for a shift in formation. The days to come will be decisive in testing out the permutations and finding a working formula.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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