Real Madrid have released the list of 20 players that will be in the squad for their upcoming La Liga encounter against Levante on Thursday night.
The newly-crowned La Liga champions will take on relegation battlers Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu but will have to make do without some of their regulars for the game.
Heading into the game, Los Blancos are once again set to be without defensive mainstay David Alaba, who is still sidelined due to an injury, while Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio are also unavailable for the clash.
The same goes for Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale, who have been training but are not fit enough to make the squad. Eden Hazard is also back in training but has not been included in the list by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
There are no major surprises, with young defender Gila getting a call-up, along with exciting midfield prospect Peter. Club captain Marcelo is also a notable absentee for Real Madrid.
Thibaut Courtois and Karim Benzema, who were not part of the starting XI against Atletico Madrid last time out, could feature here. Lucas Vazquez could start at right-back considering Carvajal has not made the squad.
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Fuidias
Defenders: Militao, Vallejo, Nacho, Mendy, Gila
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Camavinga, Peter
Forwards: Benzema, Jovic, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Mariano
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.