After a relatively disappointing campaign, Real Madrid have started their preparation for the season ahead, hoping to trump Barcelona and regain their dominance in Europe, on the back of a strong summer transfer window so far.
The club have indeed roped in Jude Bellingham, Joselu, Fran Garcia and Arda Guler, in an attempt to strengthen the core of the team.
The star signing, Bellingham, though, is yet to kickstart his training with the Real Madrid camp, reports Jorge Picon. The Spanish journalist claims that the midfielder’s knee problem is forcing the coaching staff to be cautious.
Bellingham had been struggling with a knee problem during the end of last season, and he was barely fit to feature in Borussia Dortmund’s last few league matches.
His problems have persisted in the summer, with the youngster not participating in today’s double training session with his new teammates.
However, Picon reports there is no reason to worry, as far as Real Madrid are concerned. The Englishman might soon be back in action. He might even be fit to feature against AC Milan on July 23, in a pre-season friendly in California.
The friendly is part of Real Madrid’s pre-season tour to the United States, where Los Blancos are slated to face European rivals such as Manchester United, Juventus, and even Barcelona in some of the prime locations in the US, including Texas and Florida.
Bellingham will hope to start training in the coming weeks and become a part of the pre-season camp. The midfielder is desperate to make an impression after completing a big-money move to Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the summer.
In the meantime, Real Madrid fans are excited about the prospect of seeing Arda Guler in action. The Turkish sensation has been making waves in Europe lately and has been labelled as a combination of Guti and Luka Modric. It will be interesting to see how he and Bellingham fare in training ahead of the new season.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”