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Real Sociedad start pre-season with no new signings

On the first day of Real Sociedad's pre-season training, there were no new signings, just several young players from the B team.

The club, known as Txuri-Urdin, have yet to announce any new transfers, although Sergio Gomez's arrival is widely expected, with more additions anticipated soon, according to MARCA.

Key players like Robin Le Normand and Mikel Merino were absent from the training, while the futures of Alex Sola, Martin Merquelanz, Carlos Fernandez, Sadiq Umar, Robert Navarro and several B team members remain uncertain.

Struggles and potential moves:

Carlos Fernandez and Sadiq Umar's futures are in doubt due to their underwhelming performances last season. Fernandez, despite showing promise, was plagued by injuries that hampered his progress. On the other hand, Umar failed to make a significant impact.

Alex Sola and Robert Navarro, who performed well on loan at Deportivo Alaves and Cadiz respectively, face tough competition for a spot in Imanol Alguacil's squad. Martin Merquelanz, who has been out of action for three years due to injury, is reportedly actively seeking a new club to revive his career.

Decisions on promotions and loans:

Sociedad will have to also address the situations of several B team players. Jon Mikel Aramburu, who impressed in the Copa America for Venezuela, has outgrown the B team but should face competition from Alvaro Odriozola and Hamari Traore for a place in the first team. Pablo Marin is also expected to be part of the first team squad.

The club will have to determine the future of Jon Karrikaburu and Jonathan Gomez, who have returned from loan spells in the Segunda Division but seem unlikely to break into the first team. Jon Magunazelaia's situation is similar, with the possibility of another loan move to continue his development.

Looking ahead:

As the pre-season progresses, Sociedad fans will be keenly watching for new signings and decisions on player futures. The club's management face crucial choices in shaping the squad for the upcoming La Liga season, balancing the integration of young talent with the need for experienced additions to compete at the highest level.

Manager Imanol Alguacil will have to carefully assess the squad's strengths and weaknesses, ensuring that the team are well-prepared for the challenges ahead. 

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