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Arda Guler reveals why he joined Real Madrid – ‘Going to be Modric’s crown prince’

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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s prized acquisitions last summer, along with Jude Bellingham.

The 19-year-old Turkish wonderkid arrived from Fenerbahce, with Los Blancos beating arch-rivals Barcelona in the race for his signing.

Arda Guler explains decision to sign for Real Madrid

Currently on international duty with Turkey, Guler has shed light on what made him choose Real Madrid over his other suitors, claiming that it was a childhood dream, like it is for many kids.

“I think that the dream of many children from a young age is to play for Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world,” he told El Chiringuito TV (h/t MARCA).

Guler went on to reveal that Real Madrid laid out their long-term plans for him at the club, even informing him that they see him as the heir to veteran midfielder Luka Modric.

“The project they offered me was for a long time. I was convinced the moment we sat down at that table with Madrid, everything was already in place,” he said.

“Real Madrid told me that I was going to be Luka Modric’s crown prince, and I was impressed because he is an incredible player.”

“When I heard the project I said… that’s it,” he added.

Modric’s heir? (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

On his minutes

Guler had a difficult start to life at Real Madrid as a series of three injuries saw him wait until the second half of the season for his debut.

Even then, the 19-year-old did not get as many minutes on the pitch as he would have liked. When asked about it, the teenager replied:

“I feel sad when I don’t play, I do my best every day to play. I spoke a lot with the coach before I came here.

“Ancelotti presented me with realistic plans, he told me that I can play as much as I am ready.”

The teenager also added that adapting to the new environment has not been easy, saying: “Adaptation is the most important thing. I had to adapt to social life, but I also need to improve my Spanish. I need to develop socially. Everyone speaks Spanish, it’s very difficult in training.”

“The coach explains something in Spanish, it is not translated. The whole team speaks Spanish. It is very difficult. I take Spanish lessons for one hour twice a week.”

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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