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Real Madrid’s prodigious forward back in team training ahead of Juventus clash

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As Real Madrid look to bounce back their pre-season defeat to Barcelona, they have received some good news as forward Rodrygo Goes is back in team training.

Indeed, as per Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, the 22-year-old prodigious attacker has resumed training normally with the rest of the squad today, as they prepare for the final pre-season friendly against Juventus.

Rodrygo did not participate in Real Madrid’s training sessions on Sunday, along with Ferland Mendy.

As far as the Frenchman is concerned, he is expected to be out on the sidelines for at least a month in yet another injury setback for him.

But, Los Blancos have had some good fortune as far as Rodrygo is concerned as the Brazilian wonderkid has returned to training and is already doing sessions with the rest of the group.

A big season awaits Rodrygo

Despite there never being any doubts over his potential and quality, Rodrygo, so far in his time at Real Madrid, had to take a backseat as the limelight shone on Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema.

But, with the Frenchman no longer at the club, the 22-year-old is set for a big season ahead where he will have a much more critical role to play for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Rodrygo set for a big role in 2023/24. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Rodrygo enjoyed the best-ever campaign of his career back in 2022/23, finishing with a return of 19 goals and 11 assists from 57 appearances across all competitions.

On several occasions last season, the Brazilian international had to slot in as a centre-forward when Benzema was out with injury or was being rested.

Moving forward in the new campaign, Rodrygo will likely have to play in a central position much more frequently considering Real Madrid have Joselu as their only recognised striker.

So, the 22-year-old’s return to training after missing yesterday’s session bodes well as he will need to prepare adequately for the challenges that lie ahead in the new campaign.

Real Madrid will bring down the curtains on their pre-season tour of the USA with a friendly against Juventus on Wednesday night.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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