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Real Madrid value teenage prodigy’s versatility, see him as key in the long term

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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer as he joined the club in a big-money move from Fenerbahce.

Still regarded as one of the most talented young players in Europe, Guler’s first season at Santiago Bernabeu was rather underwhelming, though.

His progress was marred by the injuries and the player was not able to impose his authority in the first-team. Keeping that in mind, one would expect Guler’s prominence in the Real Madrid setup could fall further as Real Madrid gear up for a busy summer ahead.

Real Madrid’s plans with Guler

However, a recent report from Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) has highlighted that Real Madrid have no plans to allow Guler to fade off and dwarf into irrelevance.

In fact, Real Madrid view Guler very highly, particularly due to his versatility. He is seen as someone who can play right wing as well as attacking midfield. He can even operate as a central midfielder if required.

The future of Real Madrid? (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Guler, therefore, will stay at Santiago Bernabeu for the foreseeable future and play a key role in the first team in the years to come.

A late resurgence?

Real Madrid’s renewed trust in Guler comes on the back of his recent performances in La Liga.

Despite a slow start to the season, Guler has been showing off his brilliance in recent matches, notably starring in wins over Granada and Real Sociedad.

The Turkish international is expected to start once again as Los Blancos take on Deportivo Alaves at home this evening.

It will be another opportunity for Guler to make his presence felt and stage a gradual rise to prominence, as far as his standing in the Real Madrid team is concerned.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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