The speculation over Jude Bellingham’s potential move to Real Madrid has picked up pace in recent weeks, with the Spanish champions determined to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
The club are indeed looking at a potential overhaul in the summer of 2023 amid fears over Toni Kroos’ continuity. Dani Ceballos is likely to depart on a free transfer as well, whereas Luka Modric may continue for only one more year.
This has accentuated the need for someone like Bellingham, who is currently regarded as one of the most gifted young players on the planet.
A recent report from MARCA has offered an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bellingham. It suggests that the club had some doubts over the pursuit of the Englishman, primarily because of the fact that English players have not done well on Spanish soil historically.
But the fact that Bellingham has acclimatized to the Bundesliga at such a young age has convinced the Real Madrid fraternity. Not to mention, the club also have an excellent relationship with Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke.
The club are aware of the fact that they may still have to fork out well over €100 million for the services of Bellingham. It appears Real Madrid are willing to do so as well, especially given the fact that the player himself is determined to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Liverpool and Manchester City are the two other clubs credited with an interest in Bellingham. But it appears the midfielder is not too keen on playing in the Premier League and wants to be a part of the Real Madrid project. This should greatly help the Spanish champions, in their bid to get the deal for the 19-year-old across the line.
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.