Having won the UEFA Champions League last season, Real Madrid have earned a place in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup.
The competition, organised by world football’s governing body, pits the winners of each of the six confederation’s premier continental competitions against each other.
The representatives of UEFA and CONMEBOL get direct entry into the semi-finals of the competition where they face qualifying teams from AFC, OFC, CONCACAF and CAF.
Real Madrid, having won the UEFA Champions League last season, have booked a spot for themselves in the semi-finals of the upcoming edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.
They will be joined by the winners of the Copa Libertadores, the finals of which will be played between Flamengo and Athletico Paranaense in October.
While the tournament is usually held close to the end of the calendar year, that will not be possible this time around as the FIFA World Cup is being played in Qatar during November and December.
Hence, the FIFA Club World Cup will likely be held in February 2023, reports AS, with the USA emerging as the possible host of the tournament.
Locations such as China and Abu Dhabi were considered, but as things stand, the US looks likely to be given the nod to host the next edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.
As for the dates, the week of Feb 6-12 is being considered by the confederations. It would come just before the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 stage.
However, those dates would clash with the Copa del Rey semi-final schedule as the first leg ties of Spain’s primary cup competition will be played on February 8-9. If Real Madrid qualify to that stage, it will create a conflict in the schedule.
In that case, the Spanish Federation might have to move the dates for the Copa del Rey as FIFA considers the Club World Cup as a crucial event and a priority.
Having won the La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2022, Real Madrid will be targeting glory in the FIFA Club World Cup as well.
Los Blancos have already won the trophy four times and could lift it for the fifth time in the US.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.