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!”
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Las Palmas
Real Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways as they get set to take on UD Las Palmas in a couple of hours at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Following the derby debacle against Atletico de Madrid last weekend, it is imperative for Los Merengues to bounce back strongly tonight.
With kick-off not very long away, Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup that will be stepping onto the pitch to face Las Palmas.
Ancelotti has changed things a fair bit from the derby defeat, with both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos dropping to the bench.
But the biggest surprise is that Jude Bellingham has also been rested by the Real Madrid boss.
Instead, Real Madrid go in with the quartet of Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Brahim Diaz in their diamond midfield setup. The latter makes his first start for Real Madrid this season.
Up top, Joselu returns to the starting lineup, pairing up alongside Rodrygo Goes while Vinicius Jr remains on the bench, having only recently returned from an injury.
At the back, club captain Nacho Fernandez starts his first game of the season at the expense of Lucas Vazquez at right-back. Ferland Mendy also gets a look-in at left-back while David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger make up the rearguard that will shield Kepa Arrizabalaga.