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Real Madrid wonderkid training with greater intensity to play against Juventus – report

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According to journalist Jorge Picon, Real Madrid new signing Arda Guler is going to be the only absentee for tonight’s El Clasico, but the former Fenerbahce midfielder is training with more intensity to try to make it to the game against Juventus in Orlando.

Guler, who signed for Real Madrid for a fee reported to be around €20 million on a six-year contract, is yet to recover from discomfort in his right leg.

Of late, although the player has resumed training, he will not feature against Barcelona tonight in Dallas, as was confirmed by manager Carlo Ancelotti himself.

However, if given greenlight by the medical staff, the 18-year-old might be in contention to play against Juventus which is going to be Los Blancos’ last pre-season friendly.

What’s wrong with Guler?

Since arriving earlier this month, Guler had been making all the right noises in pre-season training.

However, he has been dealing with discomfort in his right leg and has not trained with the rest of the group since last Saturday.

It has led to him missing the first two pre-season friendlies against AC Milan and Manchester United, leaving fans waiting to see the 18-year-old in action in the famous whites of Madrid.

Until Friday, the midfielder was seen training separately as he continues to recover from the problem that has forced him out of the recent starting XIs.

Although it is evident that Guler is close to full fitness, getting into the playing XI might require a few more days.

Guler wanted to play against Barcelona

The wait continues. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

It is believed that after missing out against Milan and Manchester United, the 18-year-old was looking forward to featuring against Barcelona.

But he has been advised against making his debut for Los Blancos in El Clasico, which is understandable as the team do not wish to take any risk with him.

In the meantime, though, Guler has begun doing training sessions at a higher intensity so that he could be ready to feature in the final friendly game of the US tour against Juventus.

For him to achieve full fitness, Real Madrid’s medical team has prepared a specific plan to achieve the goal in the best way possible.

This is mostly done to avoid any possible relapse during the upcoming season that would halt his progress. 

So for now, while the 18-year-old is certain to miss the Clasico, there is a chance that he could feature against Juventus.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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