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Real Madrid teenage wonderkid earns praise from former midfielder

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Several Real Madrid stars were called up by their respective national teams to play the Euros this summer.

Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler made the earliest impression with man-of-the-match performances on the very first matchday.

Guler’s incredible performance and strike against Georgia allowed Turkey to get off to a good start in the group stages, as they now must face off against Austria in the round of 16 stage.

Guler earns praise from Hamit Altintop

Former Real Madrid star Hamit Altintop, who also is the head of the Turkish Football Federation and national team, has analyzed Turkey’s Euro Cup performance (h/t MARCA), focusing on a certain Arda Guler.

Football is a major entertainment sector that constantly demands a high level of professionalism, Altintop emphasized.

He made the point that in this particular setting, players such as Arda Guler’s skill and character can be put to the test at different times.

 “Football is an entertainment industry. But it also requires great professionalism. Arda’s talent and character can be tested from time to time,” he remarked.

Guler has impressed in his chances at the Euros. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

“This not only applies to Arda Güler, but also to Jude Bellingham in England and other players. This is destiny,” the ex-Real Madrid man argued.

Altintop emphasized the media influence that comes with youngsters like Arda Guler, noting that this attention is a natural part of successful athletes’ journeys. However, Altintop expressed optimism about Real Madrid player’s growth and development.

“He is a very talented and successful athlete, a player who is on the agenda. But we see Arda’s development very positively.

“We are very happy with his posts, especially his attitude and his stance. Of course, we know his inner world best. He is very bright and is in his natural flow at the moment,” he stated.

It is clear from Altintop’s comments that he considers Guler a bright talent destined for great things. Real Madrid will be hoping to see him continue to progress with the national team ahead of next season.

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Manchester City superstar addresses future after Carvajal’s invitation to join Real Madrid

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Dani Carvajal’s detailed interview earlier this week has taken the Spanish media by storm, especially considering the lavish praise he heaped on Spain’s latest hero Lamine Yamal.

Another big takeaway from the interaction, however, was the defender’s open invitation to Rodri to join him at Real Madrid. Carvajal called the midfielder a ‘perfect fit’ in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup and admitted that he persuaded Rodri daily over the same.

“I tell Rodri every day to sign for Real Madrid.”

Rodri’s response

Speaking to the media earlier today, the Manchester City star gave his two cents on his club’s future and a possible return to Spain in the coming years.

“I try to analyse all the decisions I make, to have a criterion. And, above all, to go through the processes. I am very, very happy in England,” he began, professing his commitment to Pep Guardiola’s side.

“I think I am in one of the best clubs in the world, that is obvious, and I am happy. I have a three-year contract and, when the time comes, I will see,” he added.

Rodri is happy at Manchester City. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Rodri’s next comment, however, raised several eyebrows as he explicitly said that his statement was only with respect to the near future.

“But I have said it before with regard to the short term. I do not like or it does not make much sense to look at the long term. Spain is my country, Madrid is my city, my home.”

Finally, the midfield star confessed that he knew he had taken a massive risk, especially from a cultural standpoint when he moved to England. 

“And well, when I went to Manchester, I remember a conversation I had with my parents in which they asked me if I was sure because I was going to another country, another culture.”

“And, in the end, one is happy when one is sure of things. If I return, it would be with conviction,” he added, hinting that the pieces would fall in line if he felt it necessary.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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