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Portugal coach in awe of Real Madrid prodigy – ‘Sensational talent with an extraordinary future’

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Roberto Martinez, the head coach of the Portugal national team, recently praised Real Madrid and Turkey midfielder Arda Guler, calling him a “sensational talent.” 

Martinez emphasized how enjoyable it is to watch Güler play amidst Turkey’s impressive array of young talents and solid defence. 

He expressed admiration for teams that give young players the freedom to showcase their skills, acknowledging Guler as a prime example of such excitement on the field.

“We know that Arda Guler is a sensational talent, with an extraordinary future. He is a very effective player,” said Martinez as quoted by Mundo Deportivo

“I like teams that give space to younger players. It’s great to see him play. But we want to win and we are going to do it,” he added.

In preparation for Portugal’s upcoming match against Turkey in the group stage, Martinez highlighted that he has studied Güler and other key players from the Turkish team. 

“Turkey is an incredible mix of young talents. We have seen what players like Arda Güler or Yildiz do. They have the experience of Çalhanoglu. 

“They have a lot of quality with the ball, but their coach has also created a very good and strong defensive structure,” analyzed Martinez.

Guler shining at Euros

Arda Guler has been a standout performer for Turkey at the Euros. (Photo by WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Euro 2024 has provided Guler with a significant platform to demonstrate his capabilities as he makes a case for himself not just for his continuity but also for starting place in Madrid. 

His memorable left-footed goal against Georgia during the tournament has already etched his name in Euro history, marking him as the youngest scorer ever in the competition, surpassing even the renowned Cristiano Ronaldo.

Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the young Turk faces a challenge to secure a permanent position under manager Carlo Ancelotti, who commands a roster brimming with top-tier attackers

Yet, Martinez believes Guler’s talent warrants a significant role and urges Real Madrid not to hold back his development. 

The prospect of him making a mark at the Bernabeu is tantalizing, with his initial performances hinting at even greater potential waiting to be unleashed.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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