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20-year-old Argentine midfielder waiting for Real Madrid amid Barcelona, Ajax interest

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Real Madrid have one of the best midfield departments in the game currently with a great blend of youth and experience.

In Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos, Carlo Ancelotti has seven quality options at his disposal for the four midfield positions in the current setup.

However, Tchouameni happens to be the only natural defensive midfielder in the ranks while both Kroos and Modric are out of contract at the end of the season.

Federico Redondo waiting for Real Madrid

Amidst this, Tomas Andreu of SPORT is reporting that Argentinos Juniors midfield prospect Federico Redondo is waiting for Real Madrid despite garnering interest from the likes of FC Barcelona and AFC Ajax.

Fede Redondo is the son of former Real Madrid midfielder and club legend Fernando Redondo. He also happens to be the nephew of another Los Blancos’ icon, Santiago Solari, who is also the current technical director of the club.

These connections to Real Madrid have led Barcelona to fear that the Merengues have already blocked the 20-year-old’s future.

Redondo is a talented, young pivot midfielder who has been likened to former Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets. He has over 50 senior appearances for Argentinos Juniors and his contract with the club expires in December 2024.

Fede Redondo is waiting for Real Madrid. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Barcelona, Ajax have made enquiries

The report goes on to state that Barcelona and Ajax have had their eyes on Redondo for some time now and have even lodged enquiries about his future in Argentina.

However, there is a feeling that Real Madrid might have blocked his future due to his connections with the Merengues.

It is claimed that despite the enquiries and interest, Redondo has not signed for any club at this moment and is waiting for Real Madrid to make a move in 2024.

Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes

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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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