Cristiano Ronaldo’s reign at Manchester United ended in a very uncharismatic way as the club sacked him for an interview he did with Piers Morgan. He went on record to criticise the manager, the club owners, and his teammates, leading United to terminate his contract.
Now without a team, Ronaldo has been training at Real Madrid’s facilities. He has been strongly linked to Saudi Arabian giants Al-Nassr, who have offered him a bizarre €200 million contract.
While his next club is undecided, Tomas Gonzalez-M reports that Ronaldo would ‘love’ to return to Madrid. However, Los Blancos have ruled out his signing on two counts.
One, they believe that signing Ronaldo would serve as an obstacle for young guns in the squad like Rodrygo and Valverde. The former, especially, serves as a back-up across the front-three, and has been doing an excellent job at it.
Valverde, meanwhile, is the starting right-winger for the club. And while his position does not match that of CR7’s, his game-time would definitely reduce should the Portuguese return to the Spanish capital.
Secondly, Madrid’s management are of the opinion that Ronaldo will not accept a back-up role quite yet. While his decline has been clear, the 37-year-old is still looking for an important role in his next team, presumably as a starter.
Given Karim Benzema’s injuries this season, Ronaldo could have, in theory, served as his back-up, but that seems rather implausible.
Further, Madrid have managed to balance their team on and off paper quite well. Ronaldo’s salary, distasteful attitude in the dressing room, and his antics off the pitch would only cause chaos within the team.
Coming off an incredible Champions League and La Liga run last season, Madrid face stiffer competition this season to retain their titles. They are sitting second in La Liga, two points off Barcelona, and will face Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16.
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.