Looking ahead to Real Madrid’s next generation, there is no shortage of options in the final third. With Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes growing exponentially and the signing of Endrick close too, there are many leaders in the department.
The other part of the dressing room with sufficient backup is the midfield. Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde have already become regulars for both club and country, while Eduardo Camavinga promises a bright future too.
Enzo Fernandez was there to be a target for Los Blancos after his consistently high-quality performances for the Albiceleste in the World Cup, and rightfully so. However, there is now a change in the situation.
According to reports from Mario Cortegana, via the Four Amigos Podcast, the Argentine International is no longer a priority for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. However, it is not known whether Los Blancos’ pursuit of him is linked to the situation of Jude Bellingham or not.
The SL Benfica has been one of the finds of the tournament in Qatar. Despite starting on the bench initially, his good performances in the group stage have earned him a starting spot in Lionel Scaloni’s side.
He has taken part in all four of Argentina’s games so far, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process. In addition to his keen eye for the goal, he averages nine defensive actions per game.
The youngster has had a good record for Benfica too this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists in 13 league starts. Further, he has also created eight big chances and averages two key passes per game.
Recent reports have said that Real Madrid’s main midfield target, Jude Bellingham, is set to join Liverpool next summer after a long transfer saga. The sudden change in direction could bring back the Madrid-based side into the race for Fernandez.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.