The boys are back in town.
Atlético players returned to Majadahonda on Wednesday morning as preparations for the 2012-13 campaign are officially underway.
Diego Simeone’s men reported to the club’s training facilities at 8:00 AM to undergo medicals before hitting the practice field for two hours.
24 players were under ‘El Cholo’s’ scrutiny as they vie for a place within the final squad, which the Rojiblanco boss plans to trim down to 20.
Atleti’s official website reports that the following footballers were present for the first day of the pre-season: Joel, Thibaut Courtois, Sergio Asenjo, Mario Suárez, Tiago, Filipe Luis, Adrián, Paulo Assunçao, Gabi, Fran Mérida, Silvio, Koke, Miranda, Cristian Rodríguez, Cata Díaz, Emre, Pulido, Raúl García, Borja and Pedro Martín, along with youth system players: David Gil, Iván, Dani Márquez and Thomas.
Diego Costa, who gained a bit of notoriety last season after being officially designated as “missing” for the first couple of days of practice due to what – in the end – was deemed a miscommunication, did not show up in time for the second year running–arriving at 1:00 PM.
This time however, the Brazilian striker had permission from the club to show up a little later.
Diego Godín, Falcao, Arda Turan and Eduardo Salvio will join the squad in a few days at the Los Ángeles de San Rafael site, while Juanfran and Rubén Micael – having taken part in the Euro Cup – have been given an extended vacation.
Leandro Cabrera and Kader are with their respective Olympic national teams but will participate with the first team upon the conclusion of the tournament.
Spanish Olympians Adrián, Joel and Koke will join Luis Milla’s selection on Friday.