World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo won’t appear with Real Madrid when los Blancos play in the United States this summer, including a game Saturday in Berkeley.
Real’s biggest stars were not included in a 20-man roster announced Monday because of the month long World Cup and transfer uncertainties before the season begins. The 2014 Champions League winners also left off newcomers Toni Kroos of Germany and goalkeeper Keylor Navas of Costa Rica as it began training Monday at UCLA.
Real Madrid Arrived in Los Angeles for their 2014/15 US Tour
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The Spanish club plays Inter Milan on Saturday at Cal’s Memorial Stadium as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup, a preseason exhibition tournament held throughout the United States.
The major European leagues begin their seasons at the end of August. Clubs currently are working to sign players before the FIFA transfer window closes, leaving rosters in a state of flux.
French star Karim Benzema and Argentine striker Angel di Maria also are not with Real while recovering from the World Cup. According to reports, Di Maria might play in Paris this season. Benzema‘s status also is unclear.
The Real roster, however, will feature Portuguese World Cup defenders Pepe and Coentrao and Spanish midfielders Xabi Alonso and Isco as well as Welsh star Gareth Bale.