“I think if we take the boys away we will of course have a lot to do to prepare them for the coming season and to lay the foundations and exchange messages. But it’s also about trying to reproduce what they might experience if they break into the first-team squad – an intense time away from home, where you live close by for a few days. It’s exactly what they need to be ready when they join the first team squad.
“Normal life is changing and there are still rigid protocols in football so we try to keep people safe by following them. So it’s not entirely normal, but certain elements, like this trip, feel a little more normal.