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Real Madrid to play three friendlies before the season resumes – report

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We are heading to the final phase of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with just a handful number of games remaining until we witness the final later this month.

With the return of club football just around the corner, clubs such as Real Madrid have started their preparation, beginning with the organisation of at least three friendlies ahead of their game against Real Valladolid on December 30.

This was revealed by Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos (h/t Mundo Deportivo), in his podcast. He suggested that the reigning Spanish champions are set to face three opponents in friendlies in an attempt to get their players up and running before the season restarts.

The first of the friendlies will be played against Castilla, the subsidiary squad of Real Madrid. This game will be comprised of players who have been working at the Valdebebas since the start of December.

Players such as Kroos, who did not take part in the World Cup, will be present, along with a mix of first-team and youth players who will be handpicked by Carlo Ancelotti himself, coming up against some of the stars of the RM Castilla unit that has produced a few gifted players in recent years.

The next two friendlies are considered to be ‘small games’ from Real Madrid’s perspective. The second friendly will be against Leganes while the third match will be played against Getafe, shortly before Real Madrid resume their campaign versus Valladolid.

The Spanish champions are expected to have many players back at their disposal by the time they face Getafe in the third friendly.

Although it is unlikely that all of the returning players will take part in the match, a majority of them could be fit to feature, including the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, who has recently announced his return from international football.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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