Real Madrid’s right-back position has been a volatile department for some time now. Dani Carvajal was the only full-time player in the department until Zinedine Zidane deployed Lucas Vazquez in the position. Even now, there is no one to challenge the duo, with Alvaro Odriziola on loan at Fiorentina.
According to reports from Daily Mail, Los Blancos are interested in signing Chelsea’s right-back Reece James. The club’s academy player has proven to be indispensable to Thomas Tuchel’s plans with many fans accrediting the recent poor form to James’ unavailability.
The situation at Chelsea is unprecedented. The club’s owner, Roman Abramovic, has been sanctioned by the Government. Furthermore, the club have lost their rights to buy, sell or even renew existing stars until the situation is resolved.
James was set to be renewed to a higher pay scale at Chelsea, but the situation is not clear now. With new owners set to come in, the right-back will want to evaluate the new administration and project before committing to a renewal.
In 15 Premier League starts this season, the Englishman has five goals and six assists. He has created six big chances and records close to two key passes every game.
The arrival of James would put Carvajal under more pressure to perform and could signal the end of Vazquez’s tenure as a right-back. However, the signing will not be easy as Manchester City, too, are eyeing the 22-year-old.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.