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Real Madrid mainstay dismisses Chelsea transfer links: “Want to keep winning titles”

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Federico Valverde’s 2022/23 season has only sky-rocketed his already premium stocks. After all, the Uruguayan international is seen as one of world football’s brightest young midfielders with Real Madrid legend Clarence Seedorf even backing him to win the Ballon d’Or.

Needless to say, Valverde has several proposals on the table with more lucrative contracts and perhaps a more prominent role. Yet, he has always been a player with complete dedication to the badge and is now reaping the rewards.

Earlier this month, reports stated that Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino had his eyes set on the Real Madrid youngster. In an interview with ESPN Argentina today, Valverde put the rumours to bed and confirmed his desire to stay in the Spanish capital.

“No, No, I’m at Madrid, trying to enjoy every moment and leave my mark on the best club in the world. I want to keep winning titles for Real Madrid fans,” he said.

The 24-year-old made 34 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos in the recently concluded season, scoring seven goals and providing four assists. Further, he averaged 1.3 key passes per game and created eight big chances.

While Valverde was a consistent performer throughout the season, a major chunk of his goal contributions came in the first half of the season. He was decent in the subsequent period as well, albeit with fewer contributions in front of goal.

As the 2023/24 season nears, it remains to be seen as to where Carlo Ancelotti places him in the squad – as an attacker or in midfield.

The Uruguayan is naturally best placed in the middle of the park. However, with Luka Modric, Jude Bellingham, Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga already in competition for three spots, Valverde could feature as a right-winger next season.

The flank role is not entirely foreign for the 24-year-old, for he played several matches in the position last season. With the forward line depleted in resources, Valverde’s versatility could prove to be Ancelotti’s trump card.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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