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Real Madrid not considering €85 million-rated star’s sale, Ancelotti confident he will be key

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Aurelien Tchouameni has found himself linked with a move away from Real Madrid this summer after he endured a difficult second half in the 2022/23 campaign.

Having joined the club last year in a deal worth €80 million plus €20 million in add-ons, Tchouameni made a great start, but his form dipped after the World Cup in Qatar.

It led to him losing his place in the starting XI and with Real Madrid reinforcing their midfield further this summer, Tchouameni has been the subject of transfer interest from clubs such as Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

However, as has been reported by Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid are not at all entertaining the prospect of selling Tchouameni, whose current market value stands at €85 million.

Ancelotti confident Tchouameni will be key

Manager Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly sure that Tchouameni will be a key player for Real Madrid in the upcoming season.

The report suggests that Ancelotti and his staff privately highlighted how the 23-year-old has come back this summer and the amazing potential that he possesses.

Tchouameni impressed vs Man United. (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)

The manager believes that Tchouameni’s dip in form in the second half of the last season had a lot to deal with the physical and psychological toll that the World Cup took on the player.

After all, the midfielder featured in each and every game France played in Qatar and saw his team lose in a heartbreaking manner in the finals.

Something similar was suggested by Tchouameni’s personal fitness trainer, Fabrice Gautier, in a recent interview.

Furthermore, with Ancelotti tinkering with his formations at Real Madrid this season, he believes that the new system he plans to deploy could elicit the best qualities of Tchouameni.

The midfielder already put in a strong showing in the friendly against Manchester United and is expected to take a step forward this season despite the competition for places.

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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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