The FIFA World Cup reached its conclusion Sunday evening when Argentina became the first South American country to lift the coveted trophy since 2002, by beating France on penalties.
With the World Cup over, we are edging closer to the restart of club football. For Real Madrid, they are slated to resume their season with a trip to Jose Zorrilla as they face Real Valladolid at the end of the month.
Real Madrid have already played a friendly heading into this contest as they have no intention to drop points and slip behind Barcelona further at the top of the league table.
However, with just little more than a week to go before they face Valladolid, Real Madrid are risking missing out on a few important players, in the form of Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric and Aurelien Tchouameni.
This has been reported by AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), which suggests that the three players will only get nine days of rest as their respective teams had reached the final stages of the competition.
In contrast, other Real Madrid players such as Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Federico Valverde Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo have had significantly more time to rest.
This could play a key role in potentially ruling Modric, Tchouameni and Camavinga out of the Valladolid game, which in turn, could serve as a major blow for Los Blancos.
Both Camavinga and Tchouameni were part of the French team that faced Argentina in the final. They were close to clinching the trophy but lost the game in a penalty shootout, where Tchouameni missed one of the strikes.
Modric’s Croatia, on the other hand, were eliminated by champions Argentina in the semi-final stage. But his team had to stay back in Qatar for the third-place playoff, which was won by Croatia as they beat Morocco 2-1.
With the three midfielders tipped to miss out, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti may have to make some serious adjustments in the middle of the park, in his bid to restart the season in a positive manner against Valladolid.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.