The greatest novelty of the Royal Society for the new course is that there are hardly any new features. The transfer market, so dull for all teams, has not been activated at full speed in Zubieta’s offices either. Two players have arrived to wear the shirt txuriurdin: Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, from Brighton, who lands at the age of 29 and without transfer payment to compete with Remiro after the departure of Miguel Ángel Moyá; and Diego Rico, the side from Burgos who played for Bournemouth and for whom Real has paid a million euros.
At the moment, he will not be present in the first days because he is injured. Nor will Alexander Isak appear at the Camp Nou, with knee discomfort, nor willian José, who could leave the club shortly. He is not summoned to the game against Barcelona because Olabe, the technical secretary, awaits news about his future. Among the casualties from San Sebastian are also Kevin Rodríguez and Martín Merquelanz. Both have been loaned to Rayo Vallecano from Andoni Iraola.
In the demanding appointment of the first day, there will be the Olympians Oyarzabal, Zubimendi and Merino, who have just taken a couple of days off before starting to work with their teammates. According to Imanol Alguacil, the three are the players on the squad who are in the best shape.
The technician has set the bar very high; ensures that only by maintaining the same level as last season will he be able to achieve similar goals. The coach preferred not to point out anyone, but he assured, hours before traveling to Barcelona, that he was happy with the preseason of some footballers, “but not with that of others.” In the line-up that he presents at the Camp Nou, perhaps it is possible to know who he was talking about.
Real Sociedad faces a season in which, for the second consecutive year, it will compete in the Europa League, with a squad very similar to last season, so its coach will have to do many calculations to complete the calls, since the newcomer Ryan, veteran Monreal and the footballer who arrived last season to replace Willian José, Carlos Fernández, suffer long-term injuries. Five Sanse players traveled to Barcelona, who, despite everything, managed to beat Leganés in Anoeta (1-0), on the return of the subsidiary to Second.
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