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Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid’s training camp

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Real Madrid announced that Zinedine Zidane has left their pre-season training camp in Montreal for “personal reasons”.

Zidane only arrived in Canada three days ago as Real began preparations for the upcoming International Champions Cup (ICC) this month.

The Frenchman and his players had since been hard at work in getting ready for their opening ICC game against Bayern Munich in Texas on July 21.

However, Real confirmed in a short statement on Friday afternoon that Zidane had left the training camp in Montreal for an unspecified period. Therefore, assistant coach David Bettoni will take charge of all training sessions in his absence.

“Our manager, Zinedine Zidane, has left the pre-season training camp in Montreal for personal reasons. Until he returns, sessions will be led by assistant coach David Bettoni,” read a statement.

Nothing else was said from Real, who will also be meeting Arsenal (July 24) and Atletico Madrid (July 27) over in the USA. Afterwards, Tottenham will await them in Munich for the Audi Cup semi-finals.

It marks an unwelcome blow for Zidane, who had only returned to Los Blancos in March for a second spell in charge.

After leading the club to three Champions Leagues in a row during his first stint, the pressure is on the 47-year-old to replicate that success in the new season.

President Florentino Perez has aided Zidane in this target by investing €303m on signing Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy.

Real will begin their 2019/20 La Liga campaign at Celta Vigo on August 17.

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 16: Scarves are seen for sale with an image of Zinedine Zidane, manager of Real Madrid on them prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)