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.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”