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Real Madrid renew contracts of two key members of Ancelotti’s staff

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According to a report from SPORT, Antonio Pintus, Real Madrid’s fitness coach, and Luis Llopis, the goalkeeping coach, have recently extended their contracts with the team. 

These two individuals are considered linchpins in the club’s strategic planning and in organizing the team’s physical, technical, and tactical aspects.

Initially brought into the club independently of Ancelotti’s coaching staff, Pintus and Llopis have seamlessly integrated into the Italian’s coaching family. 

It must be noted that both were nearing the end of their contracts but have now renewed their commitments. Importantly, their roles at the club are independent of Ancelotti’s tenure; should the Italian manager depart, Pintus and Llopis would remain integral to Real Madrid.

Crucial members of Real Madrid staff

Pintus and Llopis’ contributions to Real Madrid’s recent successes have been substantial. Pintus has overseen the team’s physical conditioning with remarkable skill.

Meanwhile, Llopis has not only elevated Thibaut Courtois to the pinnacle of goalkeeping but also managed Andriy Lunin’s development superbly in the past season. 

Beyond their specific roles, Llopis also adds value in strategic planning, match preparation, and game analysis.

Antonio Pintus and Luis Llopis were a part of Zinedine Zidane’s staff as well. (Photo by BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP via Getty Images)

These contract extensions mark a pivotal moment for Real Madrid’s technical team, completing the circle following Ancelotti’s expanded coaching setup in December last year. 

Alongside Davide Ancelotti, Francesco Mauri, Beniamino Fulco, and Simone Montanaro, Pintus and Llopis play critical roles in maintaining the team’s high standards.

Part of Zinedine Zidane’s staff

In 2021, Real Madrid bolstered their coaching staff by bringing back two pivotal figures from Zinedine Zidane’s successful tenure: Pintus to manage physical preparation and Llopis, a tactical expert renowned for his work with goalkeepers. 

Both Pintus and Llopis initially joined Real Madrid during Zinedine Zidane’s first stint as manager. Zidane’s familiarity with Pintus from their days at Juventus and with Llopis from his work with the club’s youth goalkeepers facilitated their integration into the first team.

Their contributions have been instrumental in Real Madrid’s extraordinary success over the last decade, a period that has seen the club claim five Champions League titles.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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