The planning for the coming summer transfer window in the offices of Santiago Bernabeu is massive. The club see several departments to be in urgent need of younger legs, including the number 9 position and midfield. One such department is the fullbacks.
Thus, a lot has been said about Real Madrid letting go of the likes of Theo Hernandez and Achraf Hakimi. Both players were at the club a few years ago and left after being told that they had no future in Madrid. Now, they are amongst the best players in the world in their position.
ABC (h/t MadridXtra) reveals the reasons why the club let go of the young stars. According to the Spanish outlet, Real Madrid were not convinced by Theo’s development at the club and saw the option of buying Mendy and keeping Marcelo to be superior.
Now, the management acknowledges that his sale was hasty and finalized for a low fee. His market value has quadrupled since he joined AC Milan, and there it is unlikely that the Spanish giants will try to sign him again.
As for Hakimi, they sold him because Daniel Carvajal was an undisputed starter and gave no room for the youngster to participate. The lack of playing time, coupled with the difficult financial situation during COVID, led to the decision.
Currently, at right-back, the club have Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez to cover the base. However, both players on the wrong side of 30, and can barely sustain their level in the near future.
The situation at left-back is not pleasant either, with Ferland Mendy dropping unconvincing displays regularly and David Alaba refusing to play in that position.
The decision to let go of the prodigies, thus, could come back to haunt the club in the years to come. Right now, Los Blancos eye Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich as a possible signing on the left side. On the right-flank, names like Pedro Porro and Malo Gusto are on the table.
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.