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Real Madrid Begin Preseason Training In Los Angeles

Real Madrid have been enjoying the sunshine in Los Angeles but are working hard as they gear up for the International Champions Cup.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are touring America and looked in relaxed mood as they completed their first session of their pre-season training camp in LA.

The Madrid squad practiced at the UCLA campus facilities also used by Manchester United this summer.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric are all in attendance though Cristiano Ronaldo, currently on holiday in Ibiza, was not included in the travelling party.

Left back Theo Hernandez took part after completing his summer move from rivals Atletico.

The session was split into two as players first carried out some fitness work before being put through their paces with a number of skill drills with the ball.

Real, meanwhile, have become embroiled in a series of rows with Manchester United over their pre-season training camp in Los Angeles.

The two European rivals have fallen out to such an extent over hotels and training facilities after both choosing LA as their base that organisers of the International Champions Cup and promoters Relevent Sports have had to step in to keep the peace. One insider described the situation as ‘a nightmare’ on Wednesday night.

United arrived in California first on Sunday and appear to have stolen a march on Madrid.

They secured the prized Montage Hotel as their team hotel and also claimed the training pitch at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus which gives Jose Mourinho and his players more privacy.

United’s pitch is closer to the dressing-rooms and also has outside swimming pools to help the players to cool off quickly in the soaring heat on America’s west coast.

Madrid arrived on Tuesday and had to settle for the Beverley Hills Hotel while using a smaller training pitch close to Drake Stadium.

Real face United on July 23 before taking on Man City, Barcelona and the MLS All-Stars.