First look inside Real Madrid’s new £700 million home

Refurbishment work on the new Santiago Bernabeu, which aims to take the famous old stadium into the 21st century, has accelerated significantly over the summer months.

Having been home to 13-time European champions Real Madrid since 1947, there was a natural reluctance from the club's fans and board to move away from their impressive ancestral home.

The decision was therefore taken to refurbish Santiago Bernabeu, bringing its facilities up to standard, as well as constructing a state-of-the-art roof that covers the entirety of the pitch.

Current pictures, courtesy of Real Madrid (via Marca TV ), demonstrate how much work still remains, as the beams supporting the roof complex are only partially in place.

But with just over a year to go until the work is 100 percent complete, technology has already allowed fans to get an idea of what it will eventually look like.

A 3D recreation of the arena's new look has been published by American Firm Hetzel Design – the company behind the facelift.

As well as being the home of Real Madrid for many decades to come, the hope of the visionaries behind the project is to turn the stadium into an impressive venue for other major sporting events and concerts.

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The addition of a roof is especially important for the latter, as it means that concerts and events can still go ahead even in extreme weather conditions.

Real's great rivals, FC Barcelona, had also unveiled plans to update their iconic Camp Nou home in the coming years – although financial woes have temporarily delayed such renovation work.

Real Madrid will be hoping to get back on top after narrowly missing out on La Liga triumph last season to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane's side finished two points behind Diego Simeone's side and have failed to recover from the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo. Eden Hazard has failed to kick on following his huge summer move from Chelsea a couple of years ago and Vinicius Jr has yet to reach the potential that matches his £592.5million release clause.

This summer could be one of change with Sergio Ramos having departed and he could be followed out the door by Raphael Varane.

Carlo Ancelotti is the man charged with taking Real back to the top and he will no doubt be relishing a new stadium to work in.

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