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Real Madrid set to promote 20-year-old prospect to the first-team squad – report

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Eder Militao’s injury against Athletic Club in Real Madrid’s first game of the season did not paint a pretty picture. The Brazilian was visibly in pain, and onlookers suspected a serious blow.

Subsequent tests revealed that the defender had ruptured his ACL, and alongside Thibaut Courtois, would miss a large part of the ongoing campaign.

With just three central defenders to count on all season, Carlo Ancelotti understandably began looking for backups. The board quickly ruled out any new signings, and the focus shifted to the subsidiary team.

Earlier this week, the Castilla team’s Marvelous Antolin Garzon – fondly called Marvel – was seen training with the first team. He was seemingly the manager’s preferred option from the academy and brought a promising profile to the table.

A couple of days into testing, Ancelotti appears satisfied by Marvel’s level. According to reports from AS, the Morocco-born star is set to be promoted to the first team.

Ancelotti’s two other options

Marvel, 20, is a centre-back by trade and would be the right fit from a stylistic viewpoint. His profile is said to be similar to David Alaba in terms of defensive timing and his comfort on the ball.

However, the Real Madrid manager is understandably sceptical about throwing a youngster in the deep end with such short notice. 

Ancelotti thus considers Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy as options to cover at centre-back if needed. Needless to say, he also has Nacho Fernandez who will serve as the first-choice backup for Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba.

Real Madrid play their next game against Almeria in an early kickoff on Saturday. It remains to be seen if the manager includes Marvel on the squad to Estadio del Mediterraneo or gives him more time to acclimate with the first team.

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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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