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Real Madrid duo set to receive awards at the AFE Gala next month



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The association of Spanish footballers (AFE) is set to hold their showpiece gala at the start of next month, where they are expected to announce all the best players of the 2021/22 campaign throughout all the divisions of Spanish football.

The association has chosen the winners through a vote conducted by the respective members of the group. According to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema is in contention to win the Best Player of La Liga.

Widely regarded as one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or later this year, Benzema was one of the top performers of the 2021/22 La Liga campaign, bagging 27 goals and 12 assists.

The Frenchman’s performances in front of goal were critical in helping Real Madrid clinch the league title from the hands of their cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid.

Benzema is not the only Real Madrid player likely to be honoured in this showpiece AFE gala, with Sergio Arribas also set to win the best player of RFEF (Group two) award.

Arribas is one of the most gifted talents to come out of the Real Madrid academy in recent years, with the youngster currently serving as the creator-in-chief for the Castilla side. With four goals and two assists, he has emerged as a key player for the reserve team.

Arribas being crowned the best player of the RFEF Group II could go a long way in helping him make a case for earning a promotion to the senior side in the near future.

The attacking playmaker has already raised many eyebrows with his performances in the lower divisions. And it will be interesting to see whether Carlo Ancelotti formally accommodates him as part of the first team anytime soon.

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Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training



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The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.

Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.

The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.

Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid

Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.

However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.

To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.

This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.

Arda Guler is taking special guidance from Toni Kroos (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler

The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.

Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.

This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.

It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.

Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.

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