Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari repeated on three occasions that his squad is made up of 24 players, yet since Brahim Diaz’s arrival that number has gone up to 25.
The club website swells that figure to 26 when Luca Zidane is included, the fourth-choice goalkeeper.
One explanation is that he is only thinking about players who are registered with the first team as Vinicius Junior is still technically a Castilla player as he does not have a first team contract, hence why he wears No. 28.
However, the Argentine spoke about the 18-year-old as a member of the first team throughout his press conference, something that does not happen, for instance, with Javi Sanchez, despite the defender featuring in many training sessions.
The 25 Real Madrid players are: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal, Jesus Vallejo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Reguilon, Fede Valverde, Marcos Llorente, Mariano Diaz, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius.