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Real Madrid forward opines on Mbappe transfer – ‘The good ones always have to play together’



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Real Madrid underwent a structural revamp in their squad, especially the attack, following Karim Benzema’s departure last summer.

With Jude Bellingham being berthed as an advanced number 10 and coach Carlo Ancelotti deploying a two-man strike force, certain players had to adjust their roles and responsibilities.

Rodrygo touches upon his new role

One of the players who had to adapt to an unfamiliar role was Rodrygo Goes, who acknowledges that transitioning to central positions has been challenging for him.

However, the Brazilian argues that despite not enjoying playing as a secondary striker, he is willing to do anything for the greater good of the team.

“It was very difficult for me to adapt to the new role. I always said that I liked to play inside, but in another way, not as a No. 9.

“But I always do everything for the team, and if they needed me more inside, I was going adapt. The truth is that Karim left and it was very difficult for us. I think I’m still adapting, it’s not my favourite position,” he remarked via DAZN.

The best must play together

Rodrygo looking forward to Mbappe link-up. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Very soon Real Madrid will realize their long-standing dream of dressing Kylian Mbappe in a royal white jersey.

The Frenchman’s imminent arrival has given rise to speculation about some existing players, such as Rodrygo, heading to the exit door.

However, the Brazilian believes that elite players must always gel together. Speaking on the potential of Mbappe joining Real Madrid, he said, “The good ones always have to play together.”

Appreciation for Modric

Luka Modric and Rodrygo share a well-established bond, humorously referring to each other as father and son.

The 23-year-old professes that Modric taught him the most and that they are always in constant communication.

“Luka Modric is the one who has taught me the most, I have a special affection for him, he has always helped me a lot, he has taught me many things.

He is always by my side because he is 10 and I am 11 and we are always talking. We are always joking, like father and son,” Rodrygo remarked.

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Golden Boy Award founder: ‘Bellingham told me Real Madrid prodigy will be better than him’



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Real Madrid made two big midfield signings ahead of the 2023-24 season – Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler.

Just under one year later, one player has won recognition from across the globe and is even one of the favourites to take home the Ballon d’Or. Guler, however, did not enjoy as much luck to his start to life in Spain.

Moving to Madrid from Fenerbahce, the teenage sensation suffered recurrent injuries and even had to undergo surgical treatment for the same.

It was only in January that he made his much-awaited debut for Real Madrid and only made 12 appearances across all competitions.

Bellingham full of praise

Despite competing directly with Guler for a spot in the lineup, it is clear that Bellingham shares a cordial relationship with the Turkish phenom.

Speaking to TZ (h/t Mundo Deportivo) in a recent interview, Massimo Franchi, the creator of the Golden Boy award, revealed that Bellingham spoke highly of Guler to him after winning the Golden Boy award.

“Jude (Bellingham) told me in December of last year that Real Madrid had a fantastic young player who will perhaps even be a little better than him: the Turkish Arda Güler, who scored an impressive goal against Georgia,” he said.

Bellingham rates Arda Guler very highly. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

“According to Bellingham, he did incredible things in training and then Güler was only 19 years old,” he added.

Guler’s good form has continued into the ongoing European Championships where he scored a sensational goal for Turkey in their opening game of the campaign. Needless to say, he could well be the Golden Boy soon as he is still just 19 years of age.

Uncertain destination

Purely based on merit, Guler deserves to stay in Madrid and compete for a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, however, brings a change in formation and the youngster will likely find no place in the manager’s starting lineup.

After all, Jude Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are already competing for just three places in midfield.

Guler could thus spend next season on loan away from the club, honing his skill and staying match-fit for the changes that lie ahead. As it stands, Real Sociedad is spoken of as a golden destination.

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