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Marcelo Gallardo era begins at River

River Plate's new coach Marcelo Gallardo will have his first chance to meet the squad tomorrow, when he takes over the start of pre-season training at the current champions of Argentine football.

The team will train behind closed doors in the Monumental Stadium in a morning session that will include various medical tests, while Tuesday sees formal practice begin in the Argentine Football Association (AFA) facilities in Ezeiza.

Gallardo, who represented River as a player and who won a Uruguayan Championship with Nacional in his first job as coach, has been entrusted to take over from legend Ramón Díaz. 'El Pelado' walked away from the Millonario shortly after lifting the Final title in May, stating that he had taken the team as far as he could.

The new man on the bench will see Rodrigo Mora and Carlos Sánchez rejoin the team, as the two return from loan spells away from River. David Trezeguet and Jonathan Bottinelli, meanwhile, are negotiating their departures from the Monumental and are not expected to train with the club.

River will also be without Eder Álvarez Balanta, Teófilo Gutiérrez and Carlos Carbonero, the Colombian trio currently involved in their country's World Cup campaign.

The first stage of pre-season will be carried out in Ezeiza, before the team flies to the Florida city of Sunrise on July 5 to continue their work. On July 16, Gallardo will have his first opportunity to direct his charges when River take on Millonarios of Colombia, in Bogotá's El Campin stadium.
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