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Ten Players from UEFA Youth League Team to Join Zidane’s Preseason

It will be a quick turnaround for the recent UEFA Youth League Champions with most players set to join preseason for either Castilla or the first team

Benfica v Real Madrid - UEFA Youth League Final Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

The Real Madrid squad will undergo COVID-19 tests on August 30th, prior to returning to training on August 31st for the official start of preseason. Preseason often provides some of the best talent in La Fabrica a platform to show off their skill and impress Zidane while competing with the first team.

The current crop of young players coming through could be touted as a golden generation. Raul and the U19’s recently conquered the UEFA Youth League beating the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan, RB Salzburg, and Benefica in the final. Even Zidane himself kept an eye on the tournament:

According to a report from Marca, the following 10 players will have the chance to train with the first-team in the upcoming preseason: Luis Lopes (GK), Toni Fuidas (GK), Sergio Santos (RB), Victor Chust (CB), Miguel Gutierrez (LB), Antonio Blanco (CM), Ivan Morante (CM), Sergio Arribas (AM), Marvin Park (RW), and Latasa (ST). Along with the 10 UEL champions, it is expected that Javi Hernandez of Castilla will continue to train with the first team.

The notable exception to the above list is highly rated center back, Pablo Ramon. The youngster still may have the opportunity to train with Zidane and the first-team as the above list is not official, but given the involvement of Victor Chust and Javi Hernandez, Zidane and Raul may have felt it better he start to lead the Castilla backline.