REAL MADRID

Cristiano, Bale, Kroos, Pepe: the last four left to join pre-season

With the arrival of Ramos, Modric and James in North America, Zidane can now count on 90% of his first team as Real Madrid prepare for friendlies against PSG, Chelsea and Bayern

Cristiano, Bale, Kroos, Pepe: the last four left to join pre-season

Real Madrid’s pre-season is starting to heat up to a temperature that Zinedine Zindane would much rather prefer. Not only because they have three friendlies inside the next week, but because 90 per cent of his squad are now with the French coach.

Ramos, Modric and James join squad

Ramos, Modric and James have all joined up with the rest of the party in Colombus (Ohio) and trained in Los Blancos' final session before the team take on Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night, although they won’t be participating in that game. Zidane then is now only missing four of his first team players: Cristiano, Bale, Kroos and Pepe.

Modric does some light work in Colombus

Modric being eased back

Captain Sergio Ramos, along with Modric and James, are now in the first stages of their physical conditioning. The Spanish defender and Colombian midfielder were both able to get straight back into the swing of things in their first training session at the Mapfre stadium in Colombus. The Croatian, who is returning from injury on the other hand, only managed some lighter work. Modric is ruled out of Real’s second friendly of the week – against Chelsea on Saturday in Michigan – and his participation against Bayern Munich next week will depend on his progress in training.