La Real starts with 5 highs, but with outstanding starts

Imanol Alguacil takes the reins of the project from the beginning, with the new faces of Portu, Isak, Remiro, Sagnan and Odegaard.


La Real Sociedad más fichadora of the last decade is already underway. The new project, designed and built very quickly throughout the month of June by the director of football, Roberto Olabe, and led by Imanol Alguacil, has thrown walk this morning in Zubieta under the watchful eye of more than a hundred txuri-urdin followers. Far from the expectation that raised the macropresentación of all the new faces a day before in Anoeta, but it is that this time there was less marketing, and more realism, because the pre-season work that should lead to the San Sebastian box arrived to be well prepared at the beginning of league in Mestalla, there will begin an exciting and ambitious season, as they must show los 21.5 million invested in signings this summer, more than ever in recent years. With the five reinforcements as the main attraction, but also pending the departures that will be arriving throughout the remainder of summer, Imanol Alguacil has started the engine of his new Real, which at the moment has 27 players.

Alexander Isak, Portu, Alex Remiro, Modibo Sagnan and Martin Odegaard have unavoidably monopolized all eyes on this first day of work in Zubieta. Each in his own way has left the first details of what they can offer. Odegaard class brush strokes; Portu character, claw and intensity; Isak good association with his companions; Remiro tranquility under the sticks, and Sagnan much desire, because he has not stopped asking for the ball to shout in every action. And that has not been the most demanding summer session, because the work will increase in intensity and load as the weeks go by, but they have already begun to sweat with physical work under the command of David Casamichana; and with the match in three quarters of field that Alguacil has arranged to begin to see in action from the first day all the elements with which counts. Because it has to make decisions, some strategic and others not very pleasant, in the coming weeks. At the moment, has 27 players, plus the international players that will join later, as Oyarzabal, Merino, Zubeldia and Hector Moreno, as well as the youthful Ander Barrenetxea, who is concentrated in Las Rozas with the U-19 team to play the European of the category.

Of all those players that are today in the realistic template, 32 players, counting among them the homegrown Alex Sola and Roberto Lopez who will do the preseason with the first team, will have to leave until five football players. Merquelanz, Gorosabel, Guridi and Capilla are some of those who have more ballots to leave on loan. Then there is the case of Jon Bautista, who starts working in Zubieta waiting for his departure to be resolved to Eupen of the Belgian league with the coach Donostiarra Beñat San José. But then there is the delicate situation of Gero Rulli. With the arrival of Remiro, begins the preseason four goalkeepers with the first team, and one must leave, the Argentine with more ballots than any because he has more market. The San Sebastian club is waiting for European football offers from their representatives, who have been moving for days, so that they can find the best possible outcome.

And then there are the cases of Rubén Pardo, Kevin Rodrigues, Adnan Januzaj and Willian José. They are players with whom it is counted, but whose continuity is not, far from it, assured. La Real is waiting for you to define your future, if you want to continue or leave this summer. At the moment, especially Januzaj and Willian José, they have not said anything. It seems that they want to continue, but in their surroundings they listen to offers and nothing can be taken for granted. Their possible outputs would mark if the Real goes to the market or not. Kevin also talks, because they want him to continue, but the Portuguese wants more minutes, and if he decides to leave on loan, the Real would bring an experienced side, something he has worked on for a long time and is ready. And the most peculiar case is that of Pardo. He has a year of contract, they have not yet sat down to renew, and if there is no renewal it seems complicated that he will be in the Real next season. This is how the pre-season of the Real begins. With a lot of work done in the arrivals section, but with duties still to be done.



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