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Real Madrid whizkid turned down La Liga rivals in January

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It has not been the easiest of debut seasons for Arda Guler at Real Madrid. Having arrived in the summer, the youngster suffered an injury in pre-season and then succumbed to two more injuries that delayed his debut until January.

Since then, Guler has been fit and fine, but minutes have been hard to come by under Carlo Ancelotti, owing to competition for places as well as the manager’s lack of complete faith in him.

As such, there had been a time in January when there were talks of Guler leaving the club on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Granada wanted Guler

Now, as per Anton Meana on SER (h/t AS), Guler had emerged as a transfer target for La Liga club Granada during the January transfer window.

The Andalusian outfit had seen star winger Bryan Zaragoza depart for Bayern Munich during the winter and intended to replace him with the Real Madrid whizkid.

“When Bayern signed Zaragoza they left Granada without a great player. Granada called Arda Güler and suggested that he go there to play the second half of the season,” Meana revealed.

“At Granada, there are people who have a good relationship with Güler because they knew him from when he was in Turkey. And Bryan’s departure made them call Güler. He wanted to bet on Madrid and politely let them know. He doesn’t want to play anywhere else,” Meana said.

Guler turned down Granada in January. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Turning things around

There have never been any doubts about Guler’s quality and the youngster has shown it almost every time he has stepped out on the pitch.

The 19-year-old got his first start against Real Sociedad last week and made it count with a match-winning goal.

Following that match, Ancelotti confirmed that Guler will not be leaving Real Madrid on loan in the summer and will be staying on at the club.

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’

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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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