With the January transfer window less than a month away, there have been a lot of speculations surrounding Real Madrid, especially with regard to the signing of a new centre-forward.
Los Blancos have had to make do without star striker Karim Benzema for a good chunk of the 2022/23 campaign due to injuries. The French ace was also ruled out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar due to a thigh injury he sustained recently.
As things stand, Mariano Diaz is the only other natural striker available at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal. But the forward is out of favour at the club, forcing the manager to use Rodrygo Goes as a striker.
While the Brazilian has done well, he is not a natural No. 9 and reports had suggested that Ancelotti had requested the club to sign a new centre-forward in January to provide cover for Benzema.
However, Fabrizio Romano (via Caught Offside), has claimed that Real Madrid have no intentions to bring in any new players in January and that they wish to see out the remainder of the season with their current squad itself.
The only possibility of Real Madrid signing any players in the winter window would be for future targets like Endrick. As things stand, there is no plan to reinforce the senior squad in the upcoming window, Romano insisted.
This stands in line with what Ancelotti had said in the past. However, there does remain a concern about the depth in the centre-forward position, especially given Benzema’s recent fitness ordeals.
The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has missed nine of the 21 matches Los Blancos have played this season across all competitions. As iterated earlier, a thigh injury also ruled him out of the FIFA World Cup.
Despite that, it seems like Real Madrid have total faith in their current roster and will not be investing in any new players in January.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.