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Real Madrid teenage prodigy unlikely to make his debut against Man United – report

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According to MARCA, Real Madrid new signing Arda Guler is unlikely to make his debut for the club in the upcoming friendly encounter against Manchester United.

Guler joined Real Madrid earlier this month, arriving in a deal worth €20 million plus another €10 million in add-ons. The 18-year-old is coming on the back of a fine campaign with Fenerbahce and snubbed Barcelona to join the Merengues.

Guler cut short his vacation to start training with his new teammates under Carlo Ancelotti. And based on early impressions in training, Real Madrid believe that they have a gem on their hands.

However, fans will have to wait to see the young prodigy in action in the famous whites of Madrid.

Guler has been dealing with some discomfort in his leg over the last few days, which led to him not featuring in the friendly against AC Milan this past weekend.

Even though it was expected that he could be ready to face Manchester United, the Turkish international did not train with the rest of the squad on Monday.

And, as such, his debut will likely have to wait for a later date as it is now being reported that Real Madrid do not wish to rush him back into action against Erik ten Hag’s side for the game that will kick off on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Spain).

Los Blancos feel there is no need to risk further exacerbating Guler’s situation by putting him on the pitch against Manchester United. Thus, fans will likely have to wait for a little longer to see the 18-year-old exciting talennt in action for Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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