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Zinedine Zidane arouses suspicion with Real Madrid pre-season decision

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Like every club across Europe, Real Madrid are starting to build up their pre-season preparation ahead of the upcoming 2016/17 campaign.

But, like the other major footballing powerhouses across the continent, the reigning UEFA Champions League winners are having to do so without a whole host of big name players.

Indeed, with their Euro 2016 contingent still away on a hard earned break, Los Blancos were forced to begin pre-season training today with just 12 first team players at their disposal. Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane's response to such a dilemma has, according to Sport, raised both "surprise and suspicion".

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As reported by the English-language version of the Spanish publication, Zidane has opted to boost the numbers available to train on Saturday by including both his sons; Enzo and Luca.

While the report notes that the sight of Enzo Zidane isn't totally out of the ordinary - the 21-year-old midfielder trained with his father's first team squad at times last season despite featuring for Real Madrid Castilla - his younger sibling's presence is what has turned a few heads.

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Per Sport:

"Luca, however, has generated surprise and suspicion as he was only present in the Real Juvenil team last season and is just 18-years-old."

The young goalkeeper has never trained with the first team before, so it was certainly a unique opportunity for him to work with the senior pros.

It was somewhat surprising, however, considering that, of the 12 first team players available to Zidane, three of them were 'keepers.

It might, therefore, have made more sense to promote an outfield youngster rather than his 18-year-old shot-stopping son.

While Luca Zidane's presence may have aroused suspicion, it appears only to have been a needs must decision from the Madrid boss.

If he and his brother were to board the plane for Real's pre-season trip to Canada next week, that would be a different matter entirely.

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