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La Liga rivals make contact to sign 19-year-old Real Madrid wonderkid

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Arda Guler has endured a difficult debut season at Real Madrid during which minutes have been extremely hard to come by for the Turkish prodigy.

Injuries were not kind on the teenage sensation in the first half of the season and even though he has been fit and ready to go since January, Carlo Ancelotti has been reluctant to use him regularly.

As such, the 19-year-old has played less than 100 minutes this season and with competition for places to get more intense next season, the teenager is expected to leave the club on loan in the summer.

Real Betis make contacts to sign Guler

Now, Mundo Deportivo reports that Real Betis are interested in signing Arda Guler and have even made contact with Real Madrid over the possibility of taking him on loan.

Gonzalo Novillo, one of the scouts who discovered Arda Guler and encouraged his signing for Real Madrid, now works in the sports management of Real Betis.

Guler could leave Real Madrid on loan. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

And with Los Verdiblancos staring at a major squad overhaul during the summer, the name of Guler has been put forth on the table by Novillo.

As such, Real Betis are looking to sign Arda Guler on loan for one season or even possibly two this summer.

Real Madrid have a condition

However, before thinking about a move for Guler, Real Betis must secure qualification to European football for next season.

That is because Real Madrid have set a condition that they will let the 19-year-old leave on loan only to a club that will be playing in European competitions.

There are several other La Liga clubs interested in the teenager while teams from outside Spain are also keen.

So, it remains to be seen where Guler ends up in the summer if he does indeed leave Real Madrid on loan.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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