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Real Madrid prodigy follows in Ronaldo, Rooney’s footsteps, achieves special feat at Euro 2024

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Real Madrid youngster Arda Guler is showcasing his quality and potential at the biggest stage in the UEFA Euro 2024 with the Turkish national team.

The 19-year-old kicked off the competition in style by scoring a key goal for Turkey in their opening game against Georgia.

Having been surprisingly benched for the subsequent clash against Portugal, Guler returned to the lineup against Czechia and made a solid impression again, helping his team progress to the knockout rounds.

Last night, Guler’s talents were on display again as Turkey defeated Austria 2-0 to book a place in the quarter-finals of the European Championships.

A special player. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Having played a hand in Merih Demiral’s opening goal, the Real Madrid wonderkid set up the centre-back for his second goal of the game with a perfectly delivered corner-kick that the ex-Juventus man turned into the back of the net.

By doing so, Guler became only the third teenager to both score and assist in the same edition of the Euros.

The other two players to do that are Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United icon Wayne Rooney – both achieving the feat in 2004.

With his goal against Georgia and assist versus Austria, Guler has now followed in the footsteps of two modern-day footballing greats.

“It was an incredible evening. We are even happier because we have made all our people happy. This was a team that put everything in to win,” said Guler after the match.

“We had a certain game plan. There was an incredible atmosphere here, they made us even stronger,” he added.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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