Questions about Arda Guler have been pouring in during Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti’s recent press conferences.
The Turkish star is said to have made a complete recovery from injury, and it is clear that fans and the media wish to get a glimpse of him in the Real Madrid colours.
It has not been easy for Guler since he made the move to Madrid. The youngster first suffered a knee injury for which he was forced to go under the blade. When he appeared to be close to a complete return, he suffered a second muscular blow to return to the sidelines.
Guler can be the ‘absolute best’
As relayed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Real Madrid’s administration believes that Guler can be ‘the absolute best’.
The 18-year-old Turkish prodigy had shown talent in bucketloads during his time in pre-season and made all take notice and has been making an impression in training.
Guler has been named on the bench in the last two games against Rayo Vallecano and SC Braga but will have to wait for his debut until after the international break.
This is because the club do not wish to take any risks with him. Real Madrid will not hurry his recovery and will field him only once he is 100% ready.
The player agrees to the proposal, for the day he is completely fit is not far away.
Ancelotti explains the rationale
Speaking to the press after Real Madrid’s recent draw to Rayo Vallecano, Carlo Ancelotti explained to the media why Guler continued to be out of the squad despite being close to fitness.
“It was not the time to put him in the last minutes because there was a lot of fighting and duels from above. With Arda, we have to go calmly. He has started training and soon he will play,” he said.
Upon his return, the youngster will likely have to fight with Jude Bellingham for the starting position in the attacking midfield.
With Brahim Diaz also competing for the same role, it will be an interesting battle to follow.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.