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Zinedine Zidane set to promote son Luca as Real Madrid’s third-choice ‘keeper this summer

Youngster has impressed playing for Los Blancos' B team and looks likely to link up with senior squad on pre-season tour

We might get to see another Zidane playing for Real Madrid this summer.

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is set to give son Luca (who opted to be a goalkeeper, which is weird) a run in Real’s first-team during their pre-season tour.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is set to promote son Luca to the first team

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is set to promote son Luca to the first team

This is the second time Zidane has turned to his family during his tenure as manager, having given his other son Enzo a go in the first team last season before selling him to Alaves last month.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Luca will enter the fold with current back-up goalie Ruben Yanez set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu very soon.

Meanwhile, Keylor Navas is expected to retain the No 1 role for the time being despite Real’s links to Manchester United star David De Gea and Chelsea ace Thibaut Courtois.

The goalkeeper has impressed between the sticks for Reals B team

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The goalkeeper has impressed between the sticks for Real’s B team

Kiko Casilla will continue to serve as Navas’ understudy, leaving Luca Zidane to claim the third-choice role.

He is set to be included in the upcoming pre-season tour, but the report adds Castilla’s Alex Craninx could yet get the nod after some impressive performances for Real’s B team.

Luca isnt the first Zidane to play for Reals senior team

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Luca isn’t the first Zidane to play for Real’s senior team

It’s been a fairly quiet transfer window for the Champions League holders so far, with Atletico Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez the only new arrival.

A deal worth nearly £40million for Vinicius Junior has been agreed, but the teenage sensation will remain with Brazilian side Flamengo for at least one more season before moving to the Spanish capital.

Midfielder Enzo has just been sold to Alaves

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Zidane’s other son Enzo has just been sold to Alaves… awkward

Fabio Coentrao and Pepe have both departed the Bernabeu

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Fabio Coentrao and Pepe have both departed the Bernabeu

Meanwhile, Fabio Coentrao has joined Sporting Lisbon on loan, with compatriot Pepe signing for Besiktas after seeing his contract expire.

Young duo Diego Llorente and Mariano Diaz have been sold to Real Sociedad and Lyon respectively.

But youngsters including Marcos Llorente and Jesus Vallejo look set to be handed senior roles for the new campaign as Real aim to successfully defend their domestic and European titles.


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