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Indispensable Casemiro ready to fight off competitors

During their pre-season training sessions in the United States, Real Madrid’s robust and reliable midfielder has returned more determined and stronger than ever.

Casemiro left Thursday’s workout with a smile on his face whilst donning a Toronto Raptors jersey, with name of fellow countrymen and NBA basketball player Lucas Nogueira on the back.

Zinedine Zidane considers the Brazilian to be one of his most valuable players at the club, in regards to his importance and influence when the team are with or without the ball.

The 25-year-old offers various options for Los Blancos going forward, but the Frenchman’s obsession since arriving as coach is to make sure his players react accordingly when they lose the ball, something that Casemiro man fulfills.

Working with fitness coach Antonio Pintus, the midfielder has returned this summer fiercer than ever in a bid make himself available for his side’s fixture against Manchester United on August 8.

Unlike last campaign, Casemiro will be challenged for his position in the starting XI, with Real Madrid bringing Marcos Llorente back from Alaves, who will be eager to impress.

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