Monday, August 07, 2006

Gravesen and Diogo are dismissed for the tour

It was a surprise, even for the players. Midfielder Thomas Gravesen and defender Carlos Diogo head the list of players expected to leave Real Madrid after they were left out of the team for the club's tour of the United States.

We must notice that Denmark international Gravesen joined Real from Everton in January 2005 and was hailed as the solution to the club's problems ball-winning problems in midfield.

However, the combative 30-year-old has struggled to adapt to the less physical approach favoured in La Liga and has also had several run-ins with his team mates for his aggressive attitude in training sessions.

As we know, new coach Fabio Capello's decision to recruit Brazil midfielder Emerson from his former club Juventus has meant that that the Danish is now viewed as surplus to requirements.

It's important to mention that several English clubs are interested in bringing the midfielder back to the Premier League.

Right back Diogo joined Real from River Plate last July, but with competition from Michel Salgado and the subsequent arrival of Brazilian player Cicinho he was unable to earn himself a place in the starting line-up.

Also Real's new signings Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson and Ruud van Nistelrooy have all been included in the 24-strong squad for the US tour, but Brazil striker Ronaldo and midfielder Guti will remain in Madrid to continue their recovery from important injury.

Finally, we must say that Real Madrid play MLS side DC United on Wednesday in Seattle and meet Real Salt Lake three days after that game.