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Real Madrid teenage wonderkid can replace Toni Kroos, claims former star

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Arda Guler’s first season at Real Madrid may not have seen him rewarded with the minutes he deserved. Yet, the youngster is in top shape and has shown no signs of rustiness on duty for his national team.

Starting Turkey’s first game of the Euros, the youngster scored a screamer in the second half to hand his side the lead on the night and eventually lead them to a win.

His heroics at a young age, needless to say, have earned him praise from across the globe and from his club teammates.

Praise from a legend

Speaking to the beIN Sports Turkiye earlier today, Turkish legend and former Real Madrid star Hamit Altintop showered praise on Guler and commented on the immense potential he saw in the youngster.

“Arda Güler has the potential to replace Toni Kroos, or even do better.”

The Turkish Football Federation member then revealed how Los Blancos consulted him before swooping in for Guler and the faith the management had in the teenage phenom.

The heir to Toni Kroos? (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

“Real Madrid consulted with me before signing Arda Güler. They gave him a 6-year contract, do you know what that means? That means they believe in him & his talent. Arda will definitely be important for Real in the future, if not now.”

Doubts over next season

While Guler’s heroic start in the European Championship has made the world take notice, it is still unclear if he will have a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s team next season.

The Merengues count on him in the long run and place him as an untransferable player. However, many in the club believe that a move on loan with regular minutes will do the player a world of good.

As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid see Real Sociedad to be the ideal destination for Guler next season if deemed feasible. After all, players like Martin Odegaard and Takefusa Kubo developed phenomenally during their time on loan in the Basque country.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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