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19-year-old Real Madrid talent unhappy with his lack of minutes, summer exit possible – report

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Throughout the first half of the season, Arda Guler was being held back by his injuries at Real Madrid. Having suffered a gruesome knee injury in preseason soon after his arrival, followed by muscular blows immediately upon recovery, the Turkish phenom did not have it easy.

The 19-year-old is now back to full fitness, yet, has not seen many minutes under Carlo Ancelotti. He has played just 92 minutes across all competitions thus far, and the situation appears to be getting out of hand now.

A mess in the making

According to reports from AS (h/t SPORT), Guler and his entourage are growing fed up with his situation at Real Madrid.

The 19-year-old sees his success with the Merengues to be a lost cause and the situation between him and the coaching staff is getting ‘complicated’.

Guler’s disappointment with Ancelotti has been publicly seen on multiple occasions, the most glaring of which arrived when he threw his bib on the ground after warming up and not being called on.

That is something that has not gone down well with the coaching staff, who are not going to accept any pressure from either the player or his environment to give him minutes.

It now appears set that he will not have a major role in the team this season, given Brahim Diaz and Jude Bellingham’s form.

A departure on the cards?

The publication reveals that the player’s disappointment is reflected in the overall reaction to his situation in Turkey. Guler is very popular in his home country, and his lack of minutes at Real Madrid has not gone down well there.

Moreover, his reduced prominence may affect his participation in the European championships and the manager may deem him far from match fit.

As it stands, a departure from Real Madrid in the summer could be a possibility for Guler, with there being no shortage of suitors to sign him on loan.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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