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Real Madrid scouting 22-year-old German striker



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There are two schools of thought regarding the future of Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. While some believe that the club must begin looking for long-term replacements, others feel that the Frenchman has at least two seasons left at the top level and that Madrid need not rush.

According to reports from Ekrem Konur, Real Madrid are scouting 22-year-old Mainz striker Jonathan Burkardt, considering signing the youngster.

Carlo Ancelotti has communicated to Mariano Diaz that he does not count on him, and the future of Borja Mayoral is not clear too. Evidently, there is an urgent need for a reliable backup option that can also serve in the long term.

Burkardt began his career in the academy of Mainz before he eventually received a call-up to the first team in 2018. In the past four years with the Bundesliga side, he gradually became an undisputed starter.

Last season, the 22-year-old made 34 appearances for Mainz, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists in the process. With every passing season, his goalscoring tally has only gone up.

The centre-forward’s contract lasts until 2024, after which he will be available to sign on a free transfer. If the club want to sign him this summer, however, he will not come cheap.

Burkardt’s signing is undoubtedly a gamble, but one that could pay off large dividends if it succeeds.

If not the youngster, Ancelotti could also look to swoop Timo Werner from Chelsea. The London-based club offered the German’s services to Los Blancos earlier today, but it remains as to what Florentino Perez has in his mind.

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Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training



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The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.

Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.

The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.

Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid

Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.

However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.

To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.

This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.

Arda Guler is taking special guidance from Toni Kroos (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler

The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.

Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.

This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.

It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.

Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.

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