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A new day of training at the Valdebebas
Eden Hazard is going all out to be ready.
Juan Ignacio García-Ochoa reports that all systems are just about go with Hazard:
Eden Hazard looks like he is almost ready to first team action ahead of the upcoming season at the same pace as his Real Madrid teammates.
The Belgian took part in the collective training session on Friday, and although the season opener against Alaves might come a touch too soon, he is certainly on the right track.
Fitness coach Antonio Pintus has been using some bizarre looking masks that deprive the players of oxygen (hypoxia) while doing high intensity drills:
Antonio Pintus continues to revolutionise Real Madrid’s approach to pre-season training and fitness ahead of the new campaign, and the third training session of the week was a particular demanding one for the players, with hypoxia masks introduced.
It’s not at all comfortable to run with the mask on your face and a small backpack on your back, as well as a valve that regulates the air inlet and outlet.
This is key as it simulates altitude training, something teams have been unable to do naturally due to travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Messi deal with PSG incoming
From Fabrizio Romano:
Paris Saint-Germain are close to sign Leo Messi, confirmed. PSG are preparing the official contract until June 2023 to be submitted to Messi and his father Jorge in the next hours #Messi— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 6, 2021
Messi’s open to join PSG. Neymar was pushing in the last 24h. PSG are so, so confident. pic.twitter.com/WNRYJKCkjs
This is also confirmed by the brother of the Emir of Qatar:
Meanwhile, as reported by Jose Felix Diaz, Real Madrid are in a holding pattern with the funds prepared to sign Mbappe, but they will wait for Nasser Al-Khelaifi to come to them.
Real Madrid continue to watch events from afar, and are ready in case they have to make a quick manoeuvre this summer.
If Los Blancos need to make a strong financial investment in getting Mbappe a year early, they are ready and prepared for it, although they will not initiate any move.
Los Merengues want to see what happens with Messi and if PSG can incorporate his salary into their financial projections for the 2021/22 season.
DiarioAS: Ancelotti is optimistic about a Bale, Hazard, Benzema trident for this season
This lineup seems to sit on a razor’s edge: it could be brilliant or it could fall apart.
Assuming all forwards are completely healthy, who would be your starting three for the first match?
This poll is closed
Benzema, Hazard, Bale
Benzema, Bale, Vinicius Jr.
Benzema, Bale, Rodrygo
Benzema, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo
Benzema, Hazard, Rodrygo
Benzema, Vinicius Jr., Asensio
Benzema, Rodrygo, Asensio
Jovic, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo
Jovic, Bale, Vinicius Jr.