PHOTO: Madrid stars return to training; Alvaro Morata appears ahead of Juventus move

Bale Real Madrid

Real Madrid players have returned to training following their Champions League success in May.

Real Madrid stars have returned to training following their seven-week break after winning the Champions League back in May.

Madrid defeated rival neighbours Atletico 4-1 in extra-time of the final in Lisbon, and are now preparing for the beginning of the new La Liga season next month.

Fixtures for the coming campaign are set to be announced later this week, with much of Madrid’s squad still resting after their World Cup commitments throughout June and July.

Gareth Bale was the key name who featured back in training on Monday afternoon, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso having further time off following the tournament.

Reported Arsenal target Alvaro Morata was on hand for the medical tests to kick-off pre-season, along with the likes of Isco, Alvaro Arbeloa, Diego Lopez and Nacho, who all missed out on selection for the World Cup. He is expected however to make a move to Juventus imminently.

The heart of the Madrid squad are set to return within the coming week, although those who reached the latter stages of the tournament in Brazil will likely return closer to the end of the month.

Sami Khedira and new signing Toni Kroos lifted the trophy with Germany on Sunday following their extra-time win over Argentina, while defender Marcelo and midfielder Angel Di Maria featured at the business end of the competition.

Madrid, guided by former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, will be looking to wrestle back the La Liga title from Atletico this season, as well as becoming the first side to successfully defend the Champions League trophy.

In addition to Kroos, the Spanish giants have also been linked with moves for Monaco duo James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, with the likes of Khedira and Raphael Varane linked with moves away from the Bernabéu.

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