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Manchester United defender lauds Real Madrid summer arrival: “He is a complete player”

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Speaking to the press ahead of France’s UEFA Nations League fixtures, Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has heaped praises on Real Madrid new signing Aurelien Tchouameni.

The former Real Madrid defensive mainstay, who left the club last year to join the Premier League giants, has hailed his compatriot, who joined Los Blancos this past summer in a deal worth around €100 million, for his quick adaptation.

Indeed, Tchouameni was thrown into the thick of things soon after his arrival as Real Madrid sold Casemiro to Manchester United. And the 22-year-old has taken up the mantle of replacing the Brazilian with ease, quickly becoming one of the best players on display at the Bernabeu.

Talking to the media (h/t MARCA), Varane praised Tchouameni saying: “First of all, I applaud the adaptation that he has had in a club like Real Madrid, I know to what extent it is difficult.”

Further waxing lyrical over the former AS Monaco midfielder, Varane added: “He is a complete player, who knows how to defend and has the ability to organize the game.

“He asks for the ball from the first match in the national team and is very mature for his age. What he does is incredible and I hope it stays that way.”

Tchouameni had other options during the summer, including Liverpool, but the midfielder rejected them in order to move to the Santiago Bernabeu. And, the club and his new teammates have been very pleased with the impact the youngster has had since arriving.

With Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde, Real Madrid’s midfield department looks sorted for the future.

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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager

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Real Madrid's Turkish midfielder #24 Arda Guler watches from the bench the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SC Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
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The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.

It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.

Turkey manager speaks out

Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.

As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.

“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.

Vincenzo Montella wants Arda Guler to play more at Real Madrid. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.

“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”

Exit on the cards?

Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.

The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.

But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.

Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.

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