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How can Euro 2024 stardom shape the future of Real Madrid’s teenage prodigy?

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Real Madrid and Turkey midfielder Arda Guler showcased his talent during Euro 2024, scoring a goal and assisting twice, firmly establishing himself as a key player for Turkey at just 19 years old. 

In the recent quarter-final match against the Netherlands, Guler’s exceptional skills were on full display when he provided a stunning assist to open the scoring. 

Demonstrating his technical prowess, Guler controlled the ball with his left foot and delivered a precise cross with his right, which, despite not being his dominant foot, highlighted his versatility.

Despite his strong efforts, though, the Dutch team managed to turn the game around within six minutes, dashing Turkey’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals. 

This outcome left Guler visibly dejected, but it also underscored his growing maturity. After the match, he took the time to console each of his teammates, showcasing leadership qualities beyond his years to emerge as one of the standout sensations of the Euros.

Real Madrid’s spot still in limbo?

With the tournament now behind him, questions arise about Guler’s future and what role he will play at Real Madrid in the upcoming 2024/2025 season. 

Arda Guler showcased leadership qualities beyond his age. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Last season, the young Turk struggled to secure significant playing time due to physical issues that plagued him for the first few months of the competition. 

However, his impressive performances towards the end of the season and at the European Championship may have changed his standing within the team.

As a result, Carlo Ancelotti, known for his ability to foster positive environments for his players, now faces the challenge of determining Guler’s role. 

His versatility allows him to play both in midfield and in attacking positions, but he will have to compete with established stars like Brahim Diaz, Rodrygo, Kylian Mbappe, and the young talent Endrick. The Italian coach must carefully consider how to integrate Guler into the squad effectively.

Ancelotti will be key to Guler’s future

The situation at Real Madrid appears challenging for Guler due to the fierce competition for limited spots, with many players deserving of a place in the team which is why Ancelotti’s decisions will be crucial in shaping Guler’s future at the club. 

Last season, his tenure was marred by injuries, and even when he was fit, Ancelotti often favoured more seasoned players. This preference was understandable, given that Guler’s return coincided with crucial matches in the latter half of the season.

Arda Guler scored a goal and assisted twice during Euro 2024. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

However, Guler has now proven his worth on the international stage, and his refusal to go out on loan indicates his determination to fight for a spot at Real Madrid. 

It will be fascinating to see how Ancelotti handles this situation and what opportunities he provides for Guler in the coming season.

Capping off a perfect journey

The young midfielder’s journey at the Euros has undoubtedly increased his profile, and his performance has likely caught the attention of many within the football world. 

As Guler continues to develop, his potential seems limitless. All this means that Real Madrid fans will now be eager to see how he fits into the team’s plans and whether he can secure a more prominent role. 

The upcoming season will be a crucial period for Guler, as he aims to build on his recent success and establish himself as a key player for both club and country.

In summary, Guler’s impressive showing at Euro 2024 has set the stage for an intriguing season ahead. His leadership and maturity, despite his young age, have marked him as a rising star in football. 

The challenge now lies with Carlo Ancelotti to harness Guler’s talent and integrate him effectively into a competitive Real Madrid squad. 

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Euro 2024: Rating every Real Madrid player’s group stage performance

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Real Madrid boasted an impressive lineup of 13 players participating in the current European Championships, with the addition of their new star, Kylian Mbappe.

Among the teams, France has the highest number of Real Madrid players, totalling four. Spain follows with three, and Germany has two representatives.

It is worth mentioning that the count could have been higher if David Alaba had recovered from his injury in time. Additionally, Lucas Vazquez did not make the cut for Luis de la Fuente’s squad, and Thibaut Courtois was left out of Belgium’s team.

Many of these players hold crucial roles in their national squads and with the group stage matches now complete, it is an appropriate moment to review the performances of these Real Madrid players at the Euros.

France

Ferland Mendy: N.A./10

Ferland Mendy has not seen any game time due to Didier Deschamps’ preference for Theo Hernandez. Mendy hasn’t played at all, not even as a substitute.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 5/10

Aurelien Tchouameni has put on an assured performance for France so far. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni’s efforts have been largely overshadowed by the outstanding performances of N’Golo Kante. Tchouameni has started two out of three games for France, maintaining a passing accuracy of over 92%.

Eduardo Camavinga: 4/10

Deschamps has favoured the Kante and Adrien Rabiot combination, which limited Eduardo Camavinga to only two appearances as a substitute. He has played a total of 48 minutes across these matches.

Kylian Mbappe: 7/10

With one goal and one assist in two games, Kylian Mbappe has been a key player for France in what has been a relatively quiet tournament for the team. Despite missing one game due to injury, he made an immediate impact upon his return, scoring a goal.

Spain

Nacho: 3/10

Nacho, the outgoing Real Madrid captain, has only participated in one match for Spain, their opening game against Croatia. During this match, he recorded four ball recoveries and one clearance.

Dani Carvajal: 8/10

Dani Carvajal has scored a goal for Spain at the Euros. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Dani Carvajal has played in two of Spain’s three group stage matches and has performed so well that he’s being considered for the team of the tournament. He scored a goal, averaged three tackles per game, and achieved 12 ball recoveries in those two matches.

Joselu: 4/10

Joselu has appeared in just one game for Spain, which was their final group stage match against Albania. In his 72 minutes on the pitch, he made three attempts on goal but did not manage to score.

Germany

Antonio Rudiger: 7/10

Despite conceding just two goals during the group stage, one of which was an own goal by Antonio Rudiger against Scotland, the Real Madrid defender has been solid overall. He has averaged three tackles per match and committed only four fouls.

Toni Kroos: 7/10

Toni Kroos has been a central figure for Germany even though he hasn’t scored or assisted any goals. His passing accuracy is over 95%, and he has completed 53 passes in the final third, 36 into key play areas, and nine into the penalty box.

Croatia

Luka Modric: 6/10

Luka Modric and Croatia are out of Euro 2024. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Luka Modric has scored one goal in the tournament across 235 minutes of play. Unfortunately, this has been his only significant contribution as Croatia has now been eliminated from the competition.

England

Jude Bellingham: 6/10

Jude Bellingham has played 266 minutes over three matches, scoring one goal, which was a decisive winner against Serbia. However, his influence waned afterwards, largely due to England’s overall struggles.

Turkey

Arda Guler: 7/10

Arda Guler has been a standout performer for Turkey. He scored a stunning goal in the opening match, and while that remains his only direct contribution, his presence has significantly lifted Turkey’s performance.

Ukraine

Andriy Lunin: 2/10

Andriy Lunin had a rough tournament, especially in the match against Romania where he made crucial errors leading to a 0-3 loss. As a result, he lost his starting position, and Ukraine has since been knocked out of the competition.

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