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Federico Valverde showers praise on Real Madrid prodigy: “Seen only 30% of what he is”

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Stepping out on the field to play in the European Championships with not a whole lot of playing time over the past year, Arda Guler has shown no signs of rustiness for the Turkish National Team.

The youngster, on the contrary, has lit up the tournament for Vincenzo Montella’s side who have now qualified for the knockouts.

To this point, Guler has started two games for the Turkish side in the competition and even delivered a stunning performance in his most recent outing with a key pass and a passing accuracy of 94%.

Valverde heaps praise

Real Madrid’s Uruguayan superstar Federico Valverde was asked recently in an interaction on The Residency how he got along with Arda Guler and what he thought of the young sensation.

“I get along really well as long as Brahim [Diaz] translates for me,” he began jovially before going on to deliver massive praise on the youngster.

Arda Guler has impressed at the Euros. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“He is an incredible player and we have still seen only 30% of what he is,” he added.

Needless to say, that comes as a massive statement from the Real Madrid mainstay. Heading into next season, all eyes will be on Guler to see if he can continue to deliver at his current level.

Roaring for Turkey

Guler, despite being just 19 years of age, is one of the pillars of the Turkish National Team and even scored on his Euro debut with a Golazo against Georgia.

There was, however, worry when the manager asked him to train separately and did not start him against Portugal in the team’s all-important group stage game. As confirmed later, however, the decision was made for medical reasons as the player was not at his 100%.

Looking ahead, Turkey will take on Austria in their first knockout clash of the event, hoping to secure a place in the quarterfinals. All signs, as it stands, point to Guler starting the game.

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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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