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Real Madrid new boy reveals lofty ambitions: “I want to be a legend”

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There is a lot of excitement surrounding Real Madrid’s latest acquisition, Arda Guler. The 18-year-old starlet arrived from Fenerbahce earlier this month, with Los Blancos paying €20 million for his acquisition, with another €10 million included as variables.

The young Turk, speaking to Real Madrid TV, has thanked all the fans for welcoming him with open arms. “I want to thank you for the welcome. They have received me very well, everyone is showing a lot of interest. I feel very comfortable here,” he said.

Formerly of Fenerbahce, Guler was close to joining arch-rivals Barcelona this summer. But the youngster revealed how stoked he is to join Real Madrid, adding:

“Many European clubs had shown great interest, but when Real Madrid, the best team in the world, is interested in you, the decision is clear.”

Guler went on to express his ambition at Real Madrid, which is to score many goals and help the team win titles.

“I want to enter the history of this club, I want to be a legend. This club has won many titles throughout history. I have just seen all the European Cups and I can say that it is an incredible feeling. I have come to Real Madrid, a very important club, to work and evolve in my game and in my sports career,” he said.

The Turkish attacker also talked about his preferences on the pitch, suggesting he is an attacking midfielder more than anything else. “I am an attacking player, capable of scoring goals, giving assists, driving the ball and dribbling,” he said.

Guler, though, is being reportedly deployed in the right-wing position during the early-day training sessions. Given Real Madrid’s formation, it is very plausible he could continue in that position next season, potentially as an alternative for Rodrygo.

Speaking of Rodrygo, Guler heaped praise on the Brazilian, along with a few other young Real Madrid players, adding, “I remember when Rodrygo, Vini, Camavinga, and Valverde came to Real Madrid at the age of 18 just like me. I remember that moment very well. They are very good players and now they will be my teammates.”

Guler then went on to name some of his footballing idols, saying: “Zidane, Ozil or Guti. I have even had the chance to play with Ozil.”

Interestingly, Mesut Ozil has recently included Arda Guler as a substitute in his dream XI while Serhat Pekmezi, the scout who found the player, has recently compared him to Guti and Luka Modric.

Finally, Arda Guler expressed his message to the fans, stating, “I feel like just another Real Madrid player. Hala Madrid!”

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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