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Real Madrid rejected by 13-goal forward in favour of Serie A stay – report

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According to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid have faced the rejection of Rafael Leao, who has no intention of moving to Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

Formerly of Sporting CP, Leao has been the darling of the European market this season, following his blistering performances for AC Milan. The forward has racked up 13 goals and 12 assists in all competitions this season.

One goal and five assists came in the UEFA Champions League, with Leao playing a crucial role in helping the Rossoneri reach the semifinal of the prestigious competition for the first time in 16 years.

The Portuguese international’s performances have led to links with Real Madrid, who are reportedly interested in the attacker’s services, as part of their plan to reinforce their options in the final third.

However, as per the report, Leao is happy with his life at San Siro and has rejected a move to Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid are not the only club to be rejected by the Portuguese international, as the player has also said no to Chelsea.

The report points out that one of the reasons behind Leao’s rejection was the role offered at the club. He was not on board with the idea of playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema, and wants a prominent role in the team, with AC Milan appearing as the most logical platform.

Shortly after securing a berth in the semifinal, Leao had professed his love for AC Milan. In line with his commitment, the forward has rebuffed major clubs in Europe and looks set to prolong his stay at San Siro.

Leao’s current deal in Milan expires in 2024. The two parties had difficulties reaching an agreement for a renewal, but following the player’s commitment, one would expect the new deal to be just around the corner.

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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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