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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 21 January 2019

Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi: Ramos and Benzema take to social media while Isco shows off skills at NYUAD

European champions are preparing for their Club World Cup semi-final

It's been a turbulent season so far for Real Madrid. But the European champions looked at ease as they settled in for what will be an exciting week of Club World Cup action in the UAE.

The Real players, who will face Japan's Kashima Antlers in the semi-final in the capital on Wednesday, took part in a meet-and-greet with fans before their first training session at NYU Abu Dhabi on Monday evening.

The likes of Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale signed shirts and footballs as young and old came to meet their sporting heroes.

Real then showed off the immaculate training facilities at NYUAD where the players were put through their first session since Saturday's 1-0 La Liga victory over Rayo Vallecano.

A group of young fans in attendance made it known who they had come to see.

Meanwhile, Isco and Sergio Reguilon showed off their skills on the pitch with a game of keepy-uppy.

Marcelo tried a slightly trickier version – using a tennis ball.

Young defender Sergio Reguilon was joined on the pitch after training by Real legend Roberto Carlos, and told him how the players were adjusting to the climate ahead of their first match.

The players were keen to share their experiences of the UAE so far on their social media accounts. Striker Benzema posed at what appears to be Real's base at the Four Seasons on Al Maryah Island with the Abu Dhabi skyline in the background.

Captain Ramos meanwhile posted an image of himself during training and said he and his teammates were "ready to take on the world".

The action on Tuesday sees Arabian Gulf League holders Al Ain competing in the Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2018 as host representatives. They will take on South American champions River Plate in the other semi-final at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

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