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Former Real Madrid star backs summer arrival to succeed at club: “He will make us proud”

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Real Madrid completed the signing of Arda Güler from Fenerbahce earlier this month in a deal that included a transfer fee of €20 million. The Turkish international is already in the Spanish capital, working hard to win a place in the starting lineup.

The expectations from the young prodigy are sky-high, for he is seen as one of the best upcoming talents in not only Turkish but world football.

Earlier this week, Turkish football legend and former Real Madrid player Nuri Sahin spoke about Guler’s move to the Spanish giants and expressed his confidence in the youngster.

“We are not the people to give advice to Arda Güler. I saw Arda’s press conference and his first training session. He is a great person, may God guide his path. He makes us proud. He will continue to make us proud. I’m pretty sure he will be successful there,” Sahin said (h/t AS).

“Madrid is the biggest club in the world. Thank God I have had the opportunity to play for Madrid. Not everyone gets the chance to wear that shirt. Arda is a great talent. He is a great football player, but we are not in a position to give him advice right now.”

Across his career, Sahin played for Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Werder Bremen before returning home to Antalyaspor. He currently serves as the manager of the Turkish club.

While the 34-year-old’s time at Real Madrid did not go to plan and ended prematurely, one hopes that Güler’s run at the club goes to great success. After all, his quality has reportedly even convinced Luka Modric that he is the ideal successor for his number 10.

The new-signing already has the management spellbound by his abilities at such a young age and is a strong candidate to inherit a big role next season. The upcoming tour to the United States will give the world the first glimpse of his talent with the Real Madrid setup.

Güler made 20 Super Lig appearances last season, scoring four goals and providing three assists in the process. Further, he averaged two key passes and two dribbles per game and even created seven big chances for Fenerbahce.

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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