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Real Madrid set to earn over €15 million from the pre-season tour of the USA – report

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Football is a global sport, more so for a club of Real Madrid’s stature. The Merengues have a fanbase that extends across the globe, and the pre-season gives some of these fans a chance to appreciate their idols from close range.

The United States of America is one such nation where the sport is rapidly growing. In fact, the next FIFA World Cup will be played there, and it is clear that there is a massive market to be tapped.

The Soccer Champions Tour saw Real Madrid, alongside Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus, AC Milan, and Manchester United travel to the USA for pre-season.

Needless to say, the revenue was one of the biggest factors in finalising the location.

According to reports from AS, Los Blancos will earn a little over €15 million from the recently concluded tour. The aforementioned sum is that earned across the four games played in different cities.

A growing trend

This is not the first time Real Madrid are travelling to the North American nation in the preseason. A similar event was conducted in the summer of building up to the 2022/23 campaign which also featured a pre-season Clasico like this year.

The last time around, the event was held while the COVID restrictions were being relaxed. Yet, it generated a revenue of €12 million at the time for the Merengues.

Real Madrid have a big fanbase in the US (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

One year later, that number has gone up at least by €3 million.

Real Madrid are thus expected to stay loyal to the USA for their pre-season campaigns in the years to come as long as the revenue is as promising.

A largely successful tour

While the competition in the US helped on the financial front, it is safe to say that it also served its purpose from a sporting perspective.

Los Blancos won two of their games in America but lost the Clasico and their final game to Juventus. Nevertheless, it provided Carlo Ancelotti with a good stage to test his formulae and get to know his squad better.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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