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Arda Guler reveals his dream with Real Madrid

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Speaking in an interview, Real Madrid youngster Arda Guler has revealed that his dream is to become the first Turkish player to win the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid face off against Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the Champions League this Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.

Throughout the history of the Champions League, there has not been a single footballer from Turkey to have won the trophy.

That, however, will change this Saturday as one of Arda Guler from Real Madrid and Salih Ozcan from Borussia Dortmund will be on the podium lifting the title.

And, Guler stated that he hopes to become the first player from his nation to do so, saying (h/t Ajansspor): “I want to be the first Turkish football player to win the Champions League.”

Guler hoping to make history. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

The teenage prodigy, who joined the club last summer, has been getting minutes in the final phase of the season. And, he insisted that he hoped to feature in the final at Wembley, saying:

“I hope I can play in the Champions League final. But if I don’t there’s no problem because the important thing is for Real Madrid to win the title.”

Guler has received a lot of support from his country upon achieving his dream move to Real Madrid. And thanking the fans for their love, he added:

“I am very happy for the support of the Turkish people. I would like to thank them. I hope everything gets even better for me and I will continue to make them proud.”

In what has been a debut season blighted by injuries, Guler has made 12 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals in the process.

The young Turkish international will be hoping to add to that tally if he gets an opportunity at Wembley later this week.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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