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Real Madrid have not set a return date for teenage prodigy yet contrary to reports

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According to Sergio Quirante, Real Madrid midfielder Arda Guler continues to work on his recovery and the team does not have any specific date of return for the young talent.

It has been suggested that Real Madrid hope to hand Guler his debut against Villarreal on December 17, but that does not appear to be the case.

“Yesterday, [Carlo] Ancelotti responded to Guler saying that next week he will perform high-intensity exercises and that he is very close to being at her best.

“This time the Turkish player is working without a specific return date. Freed from the pressure that surrounded him in his previous recovery periods,” wrote Quirante.

A troubled start to a new life

Guler has been plagued with injuries ever since joining Real Madrid from Fenerbahce in the summer so much so that he is yet to make his debut with the team.

The young Turk sustained a meniscus injury during the preseason in the United States, leading to surgical intervention. Subsequently, as he was in the early stages of recovery, he faced a significant muscle injury.

Arda Guler is yet to play a match for Real Madrid this season. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite rejoining the squad upon recovery, he remained on the sidelines, as Ancelotti deemed him not yet physically prepared. Another setback occurred in mid-November, with a muscle injury attributing to a pause.

Both Güler and Real Madrid are eager for this to be the last setback, aiming for a full recovery before making a return to the field.

Ancelotti hopeful of his return

As of today, Guler’s recovery is going pretty well and while there is no official return date yet, there is a feeling that he might be able to play a few minutes against Villarreal on December 17th.

However, while speaking to the press, Ancelotti delivered a different statement altogether, saying that he is not sure whether the young midfielder will be able to play this year.

“He’s almost back. He will train harder next week. I don’t know if he will be ready for the last game of the year or in 2024.” said Ancelotti.

“[Aurelien] Tchouameni and Guler are close to returning with the team. Vinicius and Camavinga in 2024,” he added.

For now, nothing related to Guler is certain and this is mostly because Real Madrid approaching his recovery very cautiously.

The former Fenerbahce starlet will first resume normal training and it is only after this that he will be incorporated in the matchday squads.

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Real Madrid midfielder wants to follow in Kroos’ footsteps and retire at the club

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos recently shared that he plans to retire after this season. Now, according to a report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone), it seems Luka Modric, another key player, might also be eyeing retirement in Madrid.

Modric, who is 39 years old, has an agreement in principle with Real Madrid to stay for one more season. However, with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s backing for both Modric and Kroos to stay, it has come down to the fact that only one will remain at the club.

Is Modric returning now? 

No, not yet. Like Kroos, Modric wants to finish his career at Real Madrid. If he wanted to retire, he would not have agreed to extend his contract.

It is to be noted that Modric is currently one of the top earners at Real Madrid, but his high salary did not align with his reduced playing time. 

Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Despite his wish to stay, the club was not initially keen on keeping him under such terms.

However, things have changed recently. The club is now considering renewing Modric’s contract due to several reasons. 

First, the midfielder is open to a pay cut and second, his positive influence on younger players like Arda Guler is valued. Lastly, his desire to retire as a Madrid player is a significant factor.

Interestingly, Modric has turned down tempting offers from Saudi Arabia and the MLS to stay with Real Madrid.

Throughout this season, the Croatian international has accepted his decreased playing time, although it was challenging for him given his competitive spirit and pride. 

His role might diminish further once Real Madrid find a replacement for Kroos next season, but for now, Modric will continue to be a prominent figure for the team.

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