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Real Madrid closely monitoring the progress of 21-year-old former defender

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Miguel Gutierrez was one of several academy products that Real Madrid parted ways with in the previous summer transfer window. The young left-back signed for Girona after having found game-time hard to come by under Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, according to MARCA, Real Madrid are carefully tracking the progress of the 21-year-old Gutierrez as they could consider re-signing him in the future.

Since joining Girona, the left-back has grown into an important player for the club, featuring in 15 of their 16 La Liga matches along with two Copa del Rey encounters. In total, he has accumulated 1274 minutes of action across 17 matches and has registered three assists.

Real Madrid have always rated Gutierrez highly but the youngster could not find continuity under Ancelotti last season, who preferred to use Ferland Mendy and Marcelo at left-back.

Following Marcelo’s departure this past summer, there was a window of opportunity for the 21-year-old, but the management decided to sell him and he is making the most of his opportunity at Girona.

As per the report, Real Madrid received a fee of €4 million from Girona, for 40% rights of the player. Meaning, Los Blancos still retain 60% of the rights on Gutierrez and could bring him back in the future for a reasonable fee.

“He is a player that we are evaluating for the future, he can return if he does well,” Ancelotti had said int he past, as quoted by MARCA.

And, hence, they are keeping a close track of his development and progress at the Catalan club.

With Ferland Mendy not performing at the desired level consistently and there being no viable backup at left-back at the moment, Real Madrid are expected to invest in a new player in the position.

Another former academy man, Fran Garcia, who plays for Rayo Vallecano, has been identified as a target.

But, if Gutierrez continues to excel at Girona over the coming months, it might not be too long before Real Madrid consider bringing him back.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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