Marcelo Vieira will go down in history as one of Real Madrid’s most successful left-backs and players of all time. The Brazilian has marked an era at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his time in Madrid seems to be coming to an end.
The full-back’s contract at the club runs out this summer, and there is no intention to secure a renewal from both parties. Needless to say, his departure would leave a void in Los Blancos‘ setup.
Ferland Mendy has been a phenomenal reinforcement at left-back, however, his constant injuries are a worry to the management. Considering the delicate situation, Madrid are said to be alert in the transfer market to find a strong backup.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Fran Garcia has emerged as a real possibility. The 22-year-old was a part of Real Madrid’s academy until the summer of 2020, when he made the move to Rayo Vallecano.
Under Andoni Iraola, the Spaniard has emerged as one of La Liga’s finest left-backs both defensively and in the attack. He averages 1.5 interceptions, two tackles and 1.5 clearances per ninety minutes and has also scored one goal this season.
Garcia’s contract at Rayo has a release clause of €10 million, but Real Madrid have a special clause to sign him for half the price. The low investment is one of the main reasons why his signing is seen as attractive by Real Madrid’s management.
The player will arrive as a subsidiary player, primarily used as an option on the bench. Needless to say, Garcia appears to be the closest to reinforcing the left-back spot for next season.
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.