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Real Madrid new signing speaks after debut vs AC Milan: “The lads are unbelievable”

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Real Madrid began their 2023-24 season with a memorable game on Sunday night. Playing with a relatively new system and dynamics on the field, Carlo Ancelotti’s side found themselves 2-0 down at halftime only to turn it around after the break.

The biggest story on the night, however, was the debut of Jude Bellingham. The English midfielder started the game for Los Blancos and played 65 minutes on the night, impressing the manager in the process.

The debutant spoke after the team’s stunning 3-2 win over AC Milan earlier this week and summarised the game that panned out in both halves at Rose Bowl Stadium.

“It was a pleasure. I think the first half we actually played some good stuff but then they had two breaks and two decent finishes, but I always felt like we will win the game.”

Despite the limelight being on him and his first minutes as a Real Madrid player, Bellingham did not fail to applaud the effort of his teammates, especially the goalscorers on the night.

“Fede with two brilliant finishes and then Viní scored the winner so yeah, just a pleasure to start off with a win. Long may it continue.”

Finally, the teenager was asked about the pressure of playing for a club like Real Madrid and whether he felt nervous about donning the white colour. The former Borussia Dortmund star, however, refuted any such feeling and said,

“Nervous? Not really to be honest. I felt quite calm, got on the ball more or less straight away and soon as I had it I felt really comfortable. And the lads are unbelievable to play with.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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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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