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Real Madrid summer signing has ‘dominated’ the fitness tests in pre-season so far – report

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Real Madrid’s summer signing Fran Garcia has reportedly left everyone in awe, with a report from COPE (h/t Madrid Xtra) claiming that the young left-back has ‘dominated’ the fitness tests in the early parts of the pre-season.

Garcia, 23, re-signed for Real Madrid this summer after the team from the capital city decided to trigger the buy-back clause for a fee of €5 million.

The young left-back first joined the team back in 2013 and after a loan tenure with Rayo Vallecano in the 2020-21 season, he made a permanent move on a four-year contract.

Given the difficulties Real Madrid have had in the left-back role, Garcia is understood to be Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice defender for next season and his performances in training have only increased his chances.

Garcia is one of the four new signings who has been named in Real Madrid’s squad for the pre-season tour of the United States of America along with Jude Bellingham, Arda Guler, and Joselu.

With Ferland Mendy also included in the squad, Garcia will want to assert his authority early on in the friendlies.

Garcia will not have much competition next season if Mendy is sold this summer. As reported before, Madrid consider the Frenchman as the only first-team player who they would not hesitate to sell.

It is given that the 28-year-old has not really fulfilled the promise following his €48 million move from Lyon in 2019. It has been four years since his signing and Mendy still has not convinced the management that he can be the sole proprietor of the left-back area.

This comes in as a blessing in disguise for Garcia as if Mendy is sold, he will be Madrid’s only natural left-back, which could force the club to dip into the market for a backup. As of now, though, the new signing seems to be making a solid impression since returning to Real Madrid.

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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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