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Brahim Diaz talks Ancelotti, Asensio, Benzema, Mbappe, Rodrygo at Real Madrid presentation



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After presenting Fran Garcia as a Real Madrid player on Monday afternoon, Los Blancos unveiled Brahim Diaz earlier today, with the Spanish playmaker returning to the club after spending three years away on loan at AC Milan.

Diaz joined Real Madrid in January 2019 from Manchester City, but was sent out on loan to Milan in the summer of 2020. Having spent a year at San Siro, the 23-year-old returned to Lombardy again in 2021, this time on a two-year stint.

Diaz enjoyed a largely successful stint in Milan and is now back at Real Madrid after three years. The Spanish ace has even signed a new contract with the club that keeps him tied down at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2027.

“I know what this shirt means and what it means to represent Real Madrid. I’m coming back more prepared and eager to improve myself and the demands of Real Madrid mark my day-to-day,” Diaz said at his presentation.

Diaz arrives at Real Madrid at a time when they have lost two key attackers in Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio. When asked if it means added pressure for him, the 23-year-old replied:

“The truth is that they are two great players… it’s obvious that it adds pressure, but this is Real Madrid and you always have to give the best of yourself. We will try to represent Madrid as the best club in the world.”

On how his time at Milan has helped him, Diaz said: “These three years at Milan have been very useful for me. I have matured a lot on and off the pitch. We will see a Brahim who comes back with a great desire to succeed at Madrid. That’s why I’m coming back, to succeed in the best team in the world.

“It’s been three seasons with Milan with quite high demands. We have restored Milan’s hopes. When I came last time I was a kid, now I have played more games, more matches, in the Champions League. That makes you more mature.”

Diaz is known for his versatility as he can play as a No. 10, on the right flank, or even as a central midfielder. When asked which was his favourite position, the Spaniard said:

“I am lucky to be able to play with both feet. I think it gives me an extra edge. The best position is wherever the coach puts me and I will keep saying that. I can play in all three attacking positions and in midfield.”

Having played in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, Diaz was asked about the differences between the three top leagues in Europe, to which he replied:

“I have had the privilege to learn a lot. In each one it has been different. I have matured a lot. The Premier League is a bit more physical, La Liga is much more technical, and in Italy, it’s all more tactical. It’s been very good for me to come back to learn and to come back with a lot of enthusiasm.”

When asked if he sees himself as a starter at Real Madrid, Diaz insisted that the competition for places is good for the team and that he just needs to focus on what the coach wants from him.

“There is competition, but that’s good. We are at the best club in the world, with the best players. I’m coming back to succeed, but with hard work and humility and to learn from the dressing room. I have to work hard and listen to the coach,” he stated.

On his possible competition with Rodrygo Goes on the right flank, Real Madrid’s new No. 21 said: “It’s not about fighting, it’s about us being team-mates and wanting the best for the team. Rodrygo is a great player, he has incredible talent. I will give the best version of myself and contribute work to win titles.”

When asked if he ever thought that a return to Real Madrid would not be possible, Diaz replied: “I am here. I am very happy. When I was at Milan I tried to do my best for Milan. Now I have the opportunity to be here. It was my first choice, where I always wanted to play.”

Diaz has been talked about as a possible replacement for Asensio. When asked if he was ready to essay the role of a super sub like his fellow Spaniard, the youngster said:

“Asensio is a great player and teammate. It’s not about being a luxury substitute, but about giving the maximum for Real Madrid. I work every day and learn from everything to always improve.”

On whether he has had a chance to speak to Carlo Ancelotti, Diaz said: “I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to Ancelotti. I’m happy to be able to work with him and I can’t wait for him to get the ball rolling.”

With there being so much talk about Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid over the past 18 hours or so, the Merengues’ new addition was asked about the possibility of playing with the French superstar.

However, Diaz did not get drawn into the speculations, as he said: “I don’t think this is the time. Today is my day. I imagined the question. I’m happy to be at Madrid and whoever is in the dressing room I’ll be happy.”

Source: Real Madrid TV

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros



Photo by WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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