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Real Madrid prodigy completes first step of injury treatment, ‘feeling good’ – report

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In a positive update for Real Madrid, Mario Cortegana is reporting that new signing Arda Guler has completed the first step of the treatment for his knee injury and it has gone well.

The update adds that the Turkish prodigy is ‘feeling good’ after the first round of treatment and if it continues in the same vein over the next five-to-six days the option of him undergoing surgery will no longer be on the table.

Guler expected to be out for two months

Real Madrid signed Guler last month, beating Barcelona to his capture. The Spanish capital club paid €20 million for his acquisition while another €10 million would be owed in performance-related add-ons.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder had been making a great impression in the early parts of pre-season training, but suffered a knee injury soon after landing in the USA.

After Guler did not train with the team for a week and missed the friendlies against AC Milan and Manchester United, Real Madrid decided to send him back to Spain to continue his recovery.

It has been suggested that the right knee injury will keep the Turkish international out for at least two months, with the club and the player opting against surgery.

But if his recovery does not go as expected over the next couple of months, Los Blancos will have Guler undergo surgery, post which he could be sidelined for a few more months.

But, with the 18-year-old’s first round of treatment going positively, both the player and the club will be hoping that there will be no need for surgery.

There had been a lot of excitement around Guler, especially after he dazzled in early pre-season training, but fans will have to wait for a while to see him make his debut for Madrid.

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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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