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Real Madrid want Modric to mentor €140 million-rated midfield target next season

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Luka Modric’s commitment to the Real Madrid badge is unmatched and it might be decades before the club sees a more loyal and passionate player. As the player edges towards 38 however, the club’s desire to look for a younger replacement is not unjustified.

Jude Bellingham is the candidate best placed to take over the midfield reins from Modric. The English International had a phenomenal World Cup campaign for the Three Lions and Los Blancos are prepared to shell out over €100 million for his transfer.

According to reports from Rodrigo Faez, Real Madrid see Modric as a mentor for Bellingham at the club next season as they prepare for the Croat’s impending retirement. Needless to say, the veteran star is well aware of his situation and will be pleased to take over the role of a mentor-cum-player.

January will be a very critical month in terms of the Bellingham deal. Real Madrid plan to contact Borussia Dortmund soon and are very confident that they can pull off the heist.

Dortmund, for their part, are set to hold showdown talks with Bellingham this week to learn his intentions about his future. On top of that, it is said that the Black and Yellows will demand a sum of €140 million for the 19-year-old.

The Englishman will join forces with Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga to form what could be Europe’s strongest young midfield. He will take the attacking midfield role, looking to not only dictate the play behind the striker but also directly threaten on goal.

Modric’s contract with the club ends this summer but he is expected to extend for a further season. And having him mentor Bellingham, should the Englishman complete a move to the Bernabeu, would be extremely beneficial for the youngster as well as Real Madrid.

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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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