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Real Madrid teenager ‘thrilled’ after scoring his first goal against Celta Vigo



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Real Madrid cruised to a 4-0 victory over Celta Vigo on Sunday night, strengthening their grip atop the La Liga standings.

Vinicius Jr. got things going in the first half before two own goals from Celta in the second period put Los Blancos all but guaranteed the result.

However, there was enough time for a certain Arda Guler to come off the bench and score his first-ever goal for Real Madrid in stoppage time to add the cherry on top.

The teenager’s lack of minutes has been a topic of much debate in recent weeks, with talks of a summer exit, possibly on loan, doing the rounds. And on Sunday he showed why he is deserving of more trust from manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Arda Guler ecstatic after scoring his first goal

Having scored his first-ever goal for Real Madrid, Guler spoke to the media and expressed his joy, saying:

“It was fantastic to score in such a stunning atmosphere. I’m thrilled to have scored my first goal, thanks to everyone who has supported me. I hope there will be many more to come and I will work hard to make it happen,” said the 19-year-old sensation.

Admitting that it has not been an easy campaign for him, Guler hoped that the goal would be a turning point for him, saying:

“It’s been a difficult season so far, but hopefully after today better things will come. I’m really happy to be here. It’s the best club in the world and, although it’s tough, I think I have the quality and character to rise up to it.”

On the 4-0 win over Celta, he said: “It was a good performance. I’d like to congratulate the whole team on the 4-0 win.”

Discussing the move that led to his first goal for Real Madrid, Guler added: “When I was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, I saw that he was losing position, so I took the ball to my right and shot. Fortunately it went in and I’m very happy.”


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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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