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Casemiro had informed Ancelotti about decision to leave after UCL final – report



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Writing for The Athletic, journalist Laurie Whitewell has revealed that Casemiro’s departure from Santiago Bernabeu wasn’t really a surprise as the Brazilian had asked to leave soon after winning the UEFA Champions League in Paris last season.

Following the humiliating 0-4 defeat to Brentford, which left United reeling at the bottom of the table, a Manchester United delegation was sent to Madrid to negotiate a deal for the Brazilian.

United’s decision to move their attention to Casemiro came after the deal for Adrien Rabiot collapsed. It is even claimed that the Premier League side had settled on a fee, but the player’s wage demand took the deal south.

This was when Casemiro became a reality for Manchester United. Three days after the Brentford defeat, the Manchester United representatives flew to Madrid to set up a meeting with Casemiro.

Interestingly enough, talks concluded within 24 hours and unlike what’s been said in Spain, Manchester United did not actually double his salary. In fact, the Brazil international only received a slight raise.

Furthermore, his contract with United includes a potential cut down as well, but that will only be activated if the record Premier League champions fail to qualify for next year’s UEFA Champions League.

What worked in United’s favour during the talk was Casemiro’s appeal to take a new challenge. The 30-year-old had first asked Madrid president Florentino Perez to let him leave after the UCL triumph and repeated his wish upon returning from holiday.

Madrid were initially reluctant, but as the player continued to push, the defending La Liga champions agreed and the player’s agent informed United to carry on with the formalities.

Whitewell also writes that all this was done while United continue to pursue a certain Frenkie de Jong. Any deal for the Dutchman, however, was costing United over €150 million which included transfer fee and wages over four years combined.

But as soon as Casemiro was acquired, the interest in de Jong cooled and everyone involved carried on.

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



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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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