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Real Madrid worried about €17.5 million target becoming another ‘Odegaard case’



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Arda Guler is one of the names Real Madrid have looked at with great scrutiny. The Turkish talent, with a measly €17.5 million release clause, has been one of the most sought-after prospects in European football, as he appears to have a very bright future ahead of him.

However, doubts are arising within the Madrid camp regarding Guler’s potential arrival in the Spanish capital.

According to MARCA, although Los Blancos are in favor of his signing, there are several danger alarm indicators detected, which resemble another potential “Martin Odeegard case.”

Owing to such widespread interest in the player, there is a fear that lack of minutes may end up unsettling the player, causing a rift between the player and board, just as there was one with Odegaard, who departed on bitter terms in the search for consistent playtime.

The Merengues have always emphasized that no player is bigger than the club and many top talents, like Fede Valverde, Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr have had to bide their time before becoming regulars in the starting XI.

The report states that there are certain advantages and disadvantages to the deal if it ends up materializing.


Real Madrid value Guler’s art to exhibit expressiveness in the face of an ever-growing rigid and tactical football framework. The Turkish pearl is one of the gems that continues to discern defensive set-ups with his skill.

Guler is considered one of those footballers that make supporters to stand up from their seats in awe. Such individuality coincides with Madrid’s free-flowing football.

The left-footed Fenerbahçe sensation is an adaptable football player who has excellent ball control and a lot of imagination in the final third. Despite still being at the tender age of 18, Güler is versatile and has relative experience.


On the flip side, Real Madrid continue to be wary about certain traits of the player as well.

The most crucial factor is the worry of another “Odegaard case.” By virtue of his age and place on the pitch, the Turkish star is in a position similar to that of the Arsenal midfielder when he attempted to secure a future at Real Madrid.

Secondly, he is a No. 10, a position Real Madrid don’t have in their current formation. The return of Brahim Diaz would be another obstacle as Güler would, at least initially, be down in the pecking order.

Real Madrid mull over the prospect of working out a deal with Fenerbahce to send him back on loan. The footballer himself has, however, repeatedly rejected this choice because what he really wants is to make the ascent outlined in his roadmap to the top.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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