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.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.