Following a mid-season hiatus, Real Madrid restarted their campaign with a convincing 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid. The win, coupled with Barcelona’s draw with Espanyol, should set the stage for the Whites as we enter the January transfer window.
Given the status of the current squad, with several players looking at the possibility of running down their respective contracts at the end of the season, one would expect Real Madrid to make some moves in the market, in an attempt to strengthen the squad.
But according to Tomas Gonzalez Martin on Bernabeu Digital, Real Madrid have no plans to become active in the market this January unless there are injuries to key players in the squad.
It appears the club have no intention to utilise their funds in the market, knowing they face a busy summer transfer window. After all, the club may have to part ways with several star players including Toni Kroos, who might be considering early retirement.
The report itself suggests all of Real Madrid’s transfers will take place in the summer. This could include the blockbuster move for Jude Bellingham, with the club reportedly prepared to splash around €130 million in order to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet.
The Whites might also be eyeing a move for a defender. Josko Gvardiol has emerged as one of the targets, especially amid the uncertain future of players such as Nacho Fernandez and Ferland Mendy.
As for January itself, Real Madrid will not make a move unless someone like Karim Benzema or Thibaut Courtois picks up an injury before the middle of the month. That could force the club to make a move and sign a short-term option, perhaps even in the form of a loan deal.
However, as things stand, there are no plans whatsoever to bring in a new player this month.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.