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Real Madrid reignite interest in €35 million-rated Chelsea defender — report

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Alex Kirkland, ESPN’s Madrid correspondent, has confirmed that Real Madrid are back in the race to sign out of contract Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Writing alongside Rodrigo Faez, the journalist mentioned that the German defender, who is looking for his last big contract, was reportedly being considered by the capital club earlier in the season.

The situation at that time, however, was entirely different. Back then, the team was only linked because Rudiger’s representatives had offered him to Madrid. In reality, the team had no genuine interest neither did they approach with any offer.

At present, the Madrid executives have seemed to have changed their minds and Rudiger is back on Madrid’s agenda. The team is chasing him in order to bring in strong defensive reinforcements for the next season.

One of the reasons why the 29-year-old caught everyone’s attention was his exhilarating display in Chelsea’s 3-2 in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Santiago Bernabeu.

It must be noted that Rudiger’s current Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season and there has been no movement either from the Blues or from the player. This more or less means Chelsea have accepted their fate that the defender will no longer continue to don the royal blue of London.

Now, if Madrid are, in fact, serious about the deal, they must be aware of the fact that Barcelona have already met with the player’s agent.

The move to the Catalan club, however, is looking extremely unlikely as they are already closing in on Andreas Christensen while Ronald Araujo is close to agreeing on a new contract too.

With the lack of options at the back, Carlo Ancelotti has been using David Alaba alongside Eder Militao as his first choice pair while Nacho and Jesus Vallejo have been used as back-ups.

In case of any injury, the manager will have to make several adjustments as he did against Chelsea where Dani Carvajal was used as a makeshift centre-back. But with Rudiger arriving, the team will have a much-needed breathing space.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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