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Real Madrid superstar personally overseeing 18-year-old prodigy in training – report



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Luka Modric is one of Real Madrid’s longest-standing players in the current squad. The Croatian international, at 37 years of age, continues to dominate the middle of the park and is set to play at the highest level for one more season.

Yet, it appears widely accepted that this will be Modric’s final season at the club. As difficult as it is, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will have to find a way to replace the Ballon d’Or winner next season and Arda Guler is a strong candidate to take his place.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Modric has taken the new signing under his wing and is giving him personal attention to help him adapt to the club. He was seen interacting regularly with Guler in Real Madrid’s recent training session and even showed an affectionate gesture to the teenager.

Having arrived from a new country, the Turkish star is said to be finding it slightly difficult to communicate with his new teammates. For Modric to go out of his way and help the prodigy will go a long way in the player’s development.

The 37-year-old star has high expectations from the club’s latest signing and sees him as one capable of filling his shoes. In fact, Modric is said to have personally called Guler and told him that he sees him as a successor before the player signed for Real Madrid.

“I’m leaving next season, and I want you to have my jersey (10) next,” Modric is understood to have told the 18-year-old wonderkid.

The former Fenerbahce star is said to be displaying a very high level in training sessions despite his difficulty in communication, and the club do not doubt that he will justify the money they paid for him. He could make his debut in the weekend’s game against AC Milan.

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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