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Real Madrid-bound defender gives take on Arda Guler – Lamine Yamal comparisons

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Real Madrid-bound defender Leny Yoro recently talked about how difficult it is to compare Arda Guler and Lamine Yamal and this is mainly because not many people have had the chance to see Guler’s abilities in action.

Guler had an unfortunate season in 2023/24, spending a lot of time recovering from injuries. He only managed to get back to full health in the latter half of the season. 

Even then, he struggled to secure a spot in the starting lineup. This was primarily because the season was already at a critical stage, and Carlo Ancelotti relied on the players he trusted most.

In contrast, Yamal had a strong season playing under Xavi. He became a regular starter and managed to score seven goals, while Guler scored six. 

The main difference between the two players was in their assists. Yamal was able to set up 10 goals for his teammates, whereas Guler did not have any assists.

When discussing these two players, Yoro highlighted the difficulty in making a fair comparison. 

“Arda Guler or Lamine Yamal? I can’t really compare. We haven’t seen a lot of Arda Guler yet,” Yoro told Oh My Goal France. 

“He came back, he played great matches and scored. Lamine is also a great player.”

What’s the latest with Yoro?

Real Madrid are favourites to sign Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

It is important to remember that while Real Madrid have always been Yoro’s preferred team, he is open to considering other offers. However, Real Madrid seem to be in a favourable position to sign him.

Real Madrid has already agreed on personal terms with Yoro and the only thing that remains is for them to reach an agreement with Lille, his current club. If they can settle on the terms, Real Madrid will be in a strong position to secure Yoro’s signature. 

Meanwhile, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in Yoro and are waiting to see what Real Madrid decide. They want to know if Real Madrid will move forward with the deal and how much they are willing to spend.

There have been reports suggesting that Real Madrid might cap their spending at €40 million for Yoro. However, this amount could be even less. 

On the other hand, Lille initially set their asking price at €60 million, despite Yoro’s contract ending next summer.

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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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