While the summer transfer window is still some way away, Real Madrid seem to have started planning for it if a report from SPORT is to be believed.
Indeed, according to the publication, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe have identified three key positions that they wish to strengthen in the summer – left-back, central midfield, and centre-forward.
The left-back slot is currently occupied by Ferland Mendy, who despite being a regular, has failed to entirely convince the Real Madrid management. So, there are doubts as to whether the club hand the Frenchman a new contract or let him leave.
Hence, a new left-back, possibly in the form of former prospect Fran Garcia, could end up making his way to Real Madrid next summer.
As for the central midfield department, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos are all out of contract at the end of the season. While the former two are likely to renew, the same cannot be said about Ceballos.
Furthermore, Modric will be 38 in less than a year and Real Madrid need to start thinking of the future beyond the Croatian. It is where Jude Bellingham enters the picture. The 19-year-old Englishman is the absolute priority for Los Blancos to bolster the midfield, but they will face intense competition.
Lastly, Real Madrid will also explore the market for a new centre-forward, which makes complete sense considering Karim Benzema’s recent injury woes and the fact that Mariano Diaz will leave when his contract expires.
Endrick is said to be the club’s top target, although the teenager can only arrive in 2024 when he turns 18. Erling Haaland is another name on the agenda, but he too is a target for the summer of 2024 when his release clause comes into play.
So, it will be interesting to see what strategy Real Madrid apply in search of a new striker next summer – whether they go for a stop-gap solution by bringing in a veteran or invest in a young talent with an eye for the future.
Apart from these movements, a right-back could also arrive to compete with Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal while Real Madrid will also consider incorporating Brahim Diaz into the first-team plans after his loan spell at AC Milan.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.