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Real Madrid long-term target set to sign a bumper contract extension with Chelsea



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From the sale of Timo Werner to the late capture of Carney Chukwuemeka, Chelsea have endured a busy summer in the market.

However, with the transfer window done and dusted, the club are focusing on extending the contract of some of the most underpaid players in the first team. The first player in contention for a new deal is Reece James, as per The Athletic.

James was a target for Real Madrid earlier in the summer. The reigning European champions had considered signing the Chelsea starlet as part of their plans to offer more competition to Dani Carvajal in the right-back position.

James’ versatility, coupled with his athleticism out wide had made him the ideal option for Real Madrid, who were keen on taking advantage of the defender’s uncertain contract situation with Chelsea.

However, as per the report, the Blues are prepared to resolve the corridor of uncertainty by offering a bumper contract extension to the defender.

The player has even agreed on the new terms that would make him the highest-paid defender in Chelsea’s history. It could go a long way in helping the Premier League giants secure his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

The contract extension also means Real Madrid will not be in a position to sign the English international, at least not in the immediate future.

But the club may continue to keep an eye on his development. At the age of just 22, Reece James has time on his side and could still move to a bigger club in the future, especially if he can continue his rapid progress in the Premier League.

In the meantime, Real Madrid may look for other long-term solutions in the right-back department. They do boast the services of Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez, but with both the players well past their thirties, a new option could be the need of the hour.

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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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