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Real Madrid identify four options to take over corner-kick duties from Toni Kroos

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Change is an inevitable and essential facet of football, and significant transformations are anticipated at Real Madrid next season.

The club is poised to undergo substantial changes in various aspects, from the coaching strategies and player lineup to team dynamics.

After all, the Merengues are bidding farewell to two of their most experienced leaders on the pitch.

Toni Kroos, one of their key midfield commanders, and Nacho Fernandez, a stalwart in defence, have both departed the club.

Meanwhile, new faces are also joining the ranks. Kylian Mbappe and Endrick are set to reform Real Madrid’s approach next season, while further fortifications cannot be ruled out, with the likes of Leny Yoro and Alphonso Davies high on the club’s wishlist.

Real Madrid’s new corner takers

Now, according to AS, Real Madrid plans to experiment with a new corner taker for the upcoming season.

When Luka Modric is on the pitch, he will be entrusted with taking the corners, given his experience and passing precision.

However, in his absence, the club has identified Arda Guler, Federico Valverde, and Rodrygo as the other top options for corner-taking duties.

Guler and Valverde are options to become Real Madrid’s primary corner-kick takers. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Due to Modric’s age and increasing role as a squad player, he is not anticipated to be a regular name on the team sheet.

As such, the responsibility of corner-taking will likely fall more frequently to the younger talents, allowing them to gain experience and showcase their skills in set-piece situations.

Among the names mentioned, Valverde’s position appears to be the safest in the lineup, considering that Guler and Rodrygo will have to battle it out for their minutes.

Next season could therefore see Valverde hone his set-piece prowess and add another ability to his vast repertoire.

Guler did showcase his prowess from corner kicks during Turkey’s quarter-final run at the UEFA Euro 2024 and could be an interesting option when on the pitch.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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