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Real Madrid president, CEO to meet Ancelotti this week to discuss four key issues



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It is safe to say that Real Madrid have made a solid start to the summer transfer window. The Merengues endured a shaky start to the summer, losing four forwards on free transfers in a span of days. Yet, their recovery has been remarkable.

Los Blancos have brought in serious quality to the midfield in the form of Jude Bellingham and Arda Güler. Moreover, Joselu also promises to be a solid option for the number nine role after a stellar run last season.

With preseason set to begin today, there is a lot on the plates of the Real Madrid administration.

And, according to reports from Jose Felix Diaz, Florentino Perez, Carlo Ancelotti and the club CEO Jose Angel Sanchez will meet in the coming days to discuss the various agendas on the table.

The topics slated for discussion include the planning of pre-season work and the current status of the squad. Further, there will be discussions over any possible departures from the squad and the need for new signings in certain positions.

On the departure front, one can expect Ferland Mendy, Jesus Vallejo, and Alvaro Odriozola to be the names discussed. The trio are seen as surplus to requirements and could be offloaded, although Mendy’s future would depend on whether another left-back can be signed or not.

Moving to arrivals, it is difficult to see any topic other than Kylian Mbappe being the elephant in the room. The Frenchman’s transfer saga has taken turns in all possible directions in recent days and does not appear to be moving satisfactorily.

It thus remains to be seen as to what comes out of the meeting, particularly over the forward situation. Will Los Blancos put all their eggs in the basket called Mbappe or look for other options this summer? Only time will tell.

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Real Madrid starlet will not return from injury till November – reports



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Life at Real Madrid has gotten off to a rather torrid start for Turkish starlet Arda Guler, who has already faced a large number of setbacks since singing for Los Blancos.

Aged just 18, the winger-slash-midfielder has already picked up seven injuries in his senior career, which is cause for serious concern, especially since a couple of them have affected his ligaments – which is always bad news.

Hotly-tipped to be an exciting addition to the Madrid squad going forward, the youngster had to drop out of their pre-season tour early due to a meniscus injury.

This was treated conservatively, but after that did not yield good results, he had to undergo a procedure and seemed set to make the squad against Las Palmas, before another injury setback.

According to Diario AS, the new problem can keep him out for three weeks to a month, which means his Real Madrid debut may have to wait till early November, after the first El Clasico of the season on 28th October.

Guler’s history of fitness problems

In their report, AS also state that the Turkish teenager seems to have a propensity for injuries, accumulating seven of them in his career already.

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There is also word going around that his recovery from this meniscus issue was rushed and not handled adequately.

That, combined with a stroke of bad luck means Real Madrid have to be very mindful of how Guler is reintegrated into the squad going forward.

This new injury is reportedly a thigh problem which will also need to be treated with caution.

A special recovery plan

Carlo Ancelotti stated before and after the Las Palmas clash that the plan was for Guler to have some minutes against the Canary Islanders, but he said that genetics, luck and a lack of sharpness have a big part to play in this relapse.

The Italian manager did say that this issue is not as serious, but all signs indicate that there is an urgent need to work on the youngster’s conditioning.

AS thus say that a specific plan has been devised since the summer to enhance Guler’s fitness and his resistance.

This is a programme that is reportedly similar to the one Rodrygo followed when he arrived from Brazil, much thinner than he is today, but without having sacrificed his football qualities.

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