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AC Milan, three La Liga clubs emerge as loan destinations for Real Madrid teenage prodigy

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It has not been easy for Arda Guler at Real Madrid as the teenage prodigy has struggled with injuries and fitness problems since arriving at the club in the summer.

Guler’s signing was met with great excitement at the Spanish capital club, but three injuries back-to-back meant that the 18-year-old missed the entire first half of the season.

Loan exit an option

The teenage attacking midfielder finally made his debut in early January in a Copa del Rey clash against Arandina. But minutes have been hard to come by for him ever since, with Carlo Ancelotti rarely relying on him.

Recently, Real Madrid midfield superstar Toni Kroos commented on Guler’s situation, claiming that Ancelotti knows what he is doing and will handle the matter well.

“Turkish fans are very proud to have Arda Güler at Real Madrid, they become a little impatient & of course they want him to play a lot as soon as possible. We have a great coach and he will surely handle it very well,” he said.

Given the situation, and the fact that things could only get trickier next season, Real Madrid are not ruling out a loan exit for the Turkish prodigy in the summer.

AC Milan, three La Liga clubs keen

Guler could leave on loan (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, reports in Turkey, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, state that AC Milan are interested in signing Arda Guler on loan from Real Madrid in the summer.

The Rossoneri proved to be a good stepping point for Brahim Diaz, who spent three years on loan at San Siro from Real Madrid and honed his skills before returning to the Bernabeu last year.

And, the Italians could look to repeat the trick with Guler as well, by signing him on loan in the summer.

However, the report states that Real Madrid would prefer if the 18-year-old remained in La Liga, with three clubs – Las Palmas, Real Sociedad, and RCD Mallorca emerging as possible loan destinations for the teenager.

It will be interesting to see how things develop with regard to Guler’s future and whether he remains at Madrid or opts to leave 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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