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Real Madrid €120 million target wants to stay at club beyond 2023 – report

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Josko Gvardiol was the talk of the town at the end of the FIFA World Cup and was unlucky to be denied the Best Young Player title. The youngster single-handedly carried Croatia’s backline through the gala event as one of the key pillars in the semifinalists’ setup.

It comes as no surprise that Europe’s elite were all over him at the end of the tournament, hoping to snap up his services immediately. The biggest name on the list of interested parties was Real Madrid.

According to reports from Florian Plettenbergh, Gvardiol wishes to stay at Leipzig beyond the 2023 summer. His contract, however, will have a release clause of €110 million in 2024.

Los Blancos currently boast of some of Europe’s biggest names in defence including Eder Miltao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger. However, only the Brazilian International can claim to be a regular starter in the long term.

Thus, the administration see the signing of a young centre-back as a priority in the coming transfer windows. Gvardiol is undoubtedly one of the top names linked with the European Champions.

Real Madrid’s hopes of signing the Croatian International suffered a massive blow yesterday when Gvardiol named Liverpool as his dream club. With the Reds in the race for his signing too, Jurgen Klopp’s side can claim to have the upper hand.

“My dream club? That would definitely be Liverpool. Since I was little, I watched a lot of their matches with my dad.”

In seven games in the World Cup, the 20-year-old oversaw two clean sheets and recorded over ten defensive actions per game. Further, he also found the back of the net in Croatia’s game against Morocco.

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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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