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Real Madrid summer signing finally expected to debut in Copa del Rey clash – report

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It has been over six months since Real Madrid outdid Barcelona in the tense race to sign Arda Guler from Fenerbahce. The player arrived as one of world football’s most promising talents and Los Blancos’ long-term solution for the midfield.

In the 180 days that have passed since the Turkish phenom has not donned the white jersey once. Injuries have tormented him to no end from the initial meniscal tear to the subsequent muscular lesions, and it is only as of January that he has made it to the squad list with the medical green light.

Debut incoming

Guler has only been on Real Madrid’s squad list thrice all season, with a debut not arriving on any of the three occasions out of caution. He was called up for Real Madrid’s most recent game against Mallorca as well but stayed on the bench throughout the ninety.

MARCA brings a massive update, revealing that Guler’s debut is likely to arrive against Arandina later today. In fact, the youngster is expected to start on the night, thus commanding a large share of minutes in the knockout fixture.

After all, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the same in his pre-match press conference yesterday.

“Arda Güler has options to start tomorrow,” he said when asked about the youngster.

Clubs on the prowl

Real Madrid have always maintained that Guler is a signing for the long-term future, thus implying that his acute struggle with injury does not perturb them. The management have full faith in the player to come good and manage his fitness over time.

Yet, several clubs in the Bundesliga have sensed an opportunity to lure Guler away from Real Madrid on a loan spell in January. The Merengues, however, have no intention of parting ways with the protege who has just recovered from injury.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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