Real Madrid’s Champions League glory at the end of last season was yet another pivotal moment for the club as they continue to write history in the coveted competition.
In light of their triumph, a host of Real Madrid players are expected to feature in UEFA’s Team of the Season. According to a leaked lineup, there could be up to five Los Blancos stars featuring in the list of eleven players, involving the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Karim Benzema.
Needless to say, both the Real Madrid stars have proven themselves to be the best in the business in their respective positions.
Courtois, for one, is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world right now, thanks to his consistent performances at Santiago Bernabeu over the past couple of years. Benzema, meanwhile, was the driving force behind Real Madrid’s success in La Liga and UCL last season.
Other Real Madrid players expected to feature in the Team of the Season are Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior, with the latter now being considered the second most important attacker in the Whites camp, second only to Benzema.
Modric, on the other hand, had played a key role in adding a greater dimension to Real Madrid’s midfield setup. Even at the age of 36, the midfielder is going strong and it will not be surprising to see him feature on the list.
UEFA Team of the Season could include one more Real Madrid star, in the form of Antonio Rudiger.
The German international may have joined Los Blancos earlier in the summer, but he played a key role in Chelsea’s rapid rise to prominence, even though his team did lose to Real Madrid in the quarter-final of the competition last season.
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.