Hazard, Jovic, Mendy, Rodrygo, Kubo to fly to Montreal ahead of U.S. tour

Zinedine Zidane will take 30 players to Montreal ahead of the U.S. tour, including new signings Hazard, Jovic, Rodrygo, Kubo, and Mendy.

Zinedine Zidane observa el trabajo de los jugadores del Real Madrid durante la pretemporada de 2017 en Los Ángeles.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will carry a squad of 30 players to Montreal for a training camp ahead of the pre-season tour in the U.S., which kicks off on 21 July.

Twenty four first-team players will travel while six young players have been released by Real Madrid Castilla coach Raúl, among them new 18-year-old signing Takefusa Kubo, the so-called ‘Japanese Messi’ who recently competed with Japan in the Copa América.

Courtois, Lunin, Zidane and Keylor Navas

Four goalkeepers are set to travel from Madrid: Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Luca Zidane and Keylor Navas, who has decided to stay at the club after neither Manchester United nor PSG were willing to match his salary demands. One of those four will likely leave before the start of the LaLiga season, with Leganés interested in signing Lunin.

Zidane is taking all of his available defenders, with the exception of Jesús Vallejo, who has been given vacation leave until 22 July after participating at the U21 European Championships with winners Spain, and new signing Eder Militao, who is currently on duty with Brazil at the Copa America.

Midfielders: Kroos, Modric and Isco

Only three central midfielders will head for Montreal on Monday: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco (Asensio can also be counted if Zidane uses a diamond formation), while Casemiro and Fede Valverde are missing due to their participation in the Copa América (Casemiro will be in the Brazil squad for the final on Sunday).

With the transfers of Marcos Llorente (Atlético) and Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) confirmed, Zidane has called in several youngsters from Castilla to back up his options in midfield.

24 first team players to travel to Montreal

Age Nationality
Courtois 27 BEL
Keylor 32 CRC
Lunin 20 UKR
Luca Zidane 21 FRA
Carvajal 27 SPN
Odriozola 23 SPN
Varane 26 FRA
Ramos 33 SPN
Nacho 29 SPN
Marcelo 31 BRA
Mendy 24 FRA
Central Midfielders
Kroos 29 GER
Modric 33 CRO
Isco 27 SPN
Asensio 23 SPN
Bale 29 WAL
Lucas Vázquez 28 SPN
Brahim 19 SPN
Rodrygo 18 BRA
Benzema 31 FRA
Jovic 21 SRB
Mariano 25 SPN
Hazard 28 BEL
Vinicius 18 BRA

Attacking players: new boys Rodrygo and Jovic travel

The French coach will take nine attacking players: six wide men (Bale, Lucas, Brahim, Vinicius and new signings, Hazard and Rodrygo); and three number nines: Karim Benzema, new boy Luka Jovic and Mariano, who could leave the club at any moment.

Real Madrid’s U.S. tour fixtures

The squad is set to stay at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montreal and work every day at the training centre of MLS side, Montreal Impact, where the club were based back in the summer of 2016.

The pre-season U.S. tour fixtures will kick off on July 21 with the clash against Bayern Munich at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, followed by Arsenal on 24 July close to Washington D.C., and Atlético Madrid in Ney Jersey on 27 July.