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Real Madrid academy ‘crown jewel’ wanted by several clubs, club bets on him for future

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Pre-season is the right time of the season for a manager to not only test the resources at his disposal but also provide up-and-coming talents with a chance to make their mark. With Real Madrid Castilla enjoying a stellar run last season, a number of stars were expected to be called up by Carlo Ancelotti to the USA.

However, the manager included just one academy prospect in his pre-season tour scheduled for this week – Nico Paz. Ancelotti maintains a few players like Alvaro Rodriguez on his radar as well, but it is safe to say that he has the highest hopes for the academy’s crown jewel.

According to reports from MARCA, many teams are interested in Paz’s signature. He is seen as one of the rising stars of the next generation and has no shortage of suitors at his doorstep.

However, Los Blancos see him to be capable of breaking into the first team and establishing himself as a mainstay for the years to come.

The 18-year-old is an attacking midfielder by trade and thus faces competition with some of the world’s best for a spot in the starting XI this week. Jude Bellingham, Arda Guler, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos all fight for two spots in central midfield, and Paz’s inclusion implies that the manager sees him at par with the aforementioned stars.

The young prodigy scored two goals and provided three assists in 17 appearances for Raul Gonzalez’s side last season, helping the team to the promotion playoffs in their division. He is no stranger to training under Ancelotti’s command and has shared the dressing room with the first team multiple times at a tender age.

It remains to be seen if Paz can finally make his awaited debut for the senior setup this week. Reports state that the manager has been actively experimenting with him in a 4-4-2 diamond setup in training.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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