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Forgotten Real Madrid starlet aims to succeed at club – ‘It’s my main objective’

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Reinier Jesus is a bit of a forgotten man at Real Madrid as the Brazilian attacking midfielder is yet to make his debut for the club four years after his signing.

The 22-year-old was roped in from Flamengo back in January 2020 with great hopes that he would follow in the footsteps of Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes, but it has not come to be.

Reinier was sent out on a two-year loan spell to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020, but failed spectacularly in Germany. Upon return, he was shipped out to Girona where he struggled to make an impact as well.

Reinier joined Italian minnows Frosinone on loan last summer and made a decent start but ultimately fizzled out.

Reinier still eager to make it big at Real Madrid

Now set to return to Real Madrid, Reinier is determined to turn things around and succeed at the Santiago Bernabeu, even though reports suggest that Los Blancos are considering parting ways with him.

“Without a doubt, my biggest target now is Real Madrid, because it’s the club that gave me confidence. It’s my main objective, but, of course, step by step and with a lot of hard work,” he said in an interview with Globoesporte (h/t AS).

“Real Madrid is my main objective. After that, we’ll think calmly, little by little. Then, God willing, the national team could come.”

Reinier Jesus dreams of succeeding at Madrid. (Photo by Simone Arveda/Getty Images)

When asked if he was thinking about a move to Brazil in the summer, Reinier replied, saying:

“My head is in Real Madrid from now on. Later, when the transfer market opens, we will see what my employer and my father decide about this matter. My goal is to look for the best for me as well.

“In all honesty: I haven’t thought about it (returning to Brazil) yet. I will think about it more calmly in a month with my family and my employer. But I can’t rule anything out. Everything is possible in the world of football, but it’s not on my mind.”

Reinier also praised Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat, claiming that he was in regular contact with him during the loan spell and was constantly motivating him.

“This year was very good. I was always in contact with Juni (Calafat), who is the person I talk to the most there. After every game, he sent me comments on the game and congratulated me.

“Those of us who are on loan feel valued, we feel important because we know that everyone in Spain is watching us, seeing what we are doing right and wrong. This is very important for me, to continue with the same dedication.”

Reinier also pointed out how the likes of Vinicius and Rodrygo have laid out the roadmap for him to follow, saying:

“Vini and Rodrygo are a mirror for me and for everyone. But of course everyone has their own career and their own rhythm. They advanced faster, and I’m working to get to where I want to be and where I can be.

“I keep that thought: everyone has their own time and their own career. If it’s not faster, you have to work to get to where you can and reach the high level, which is very important. I am always in contact with them.

“We are always together when I am in Spain. I always go to Vini’s house. We are a group that already has a connection. A light connection. They are great players and great friends.”

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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