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Real Madrid youngster’s contract renewal only missing ‘final details’- report

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The hammering in Manchester has not gone down well at the offices at the Santiago Bernabeu. No individual was the single cause of the destruction, and a collective deficit is seen to be the underlying cause.

One of the most glaring deficits of the team on Wednesday night, however, was their poor grip over the middle of the park. Manchester City rode over the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric on the night, cutting off the visitors from their most creative outlets.

Moreover, Los Blancos were left with no activity down the two wings. While Vinicius jr did get the occasional ball, Rodrygo Goes was invisible.

The board see an urgent need to fill the voids in the team. The transfer market is indeed plan A, but other solutions on the club’s horizon could offer an easier fix. Brahim Diaz is one such player.

According to reports from Radio Estadio (h/t Madrid Xtra), Diaz’s renewal with Real Madrid is only a matter of time. Only the ‘final details’ remain to be sorted between the two parties.

The young protege’s renewal was always on the table and would be processed even had the team won last night. However, the cloud of doubt surrounding his immediate future after returning from AC Milan could clear with recent developments.

Diaz is naturally an attacking midfielder by trade but is capable of playing on the wing if need be. In fact, it was out wide that he first made his mark at the club.

Given the need for fresh legs in the middle of the park, it would not be a bad idea for Carlo Ancelotti to nurture the 23-year-old’s talent and utilise his services next season. After all, his numbers for AC Milan this season have been encouraging.

The Spaniard has scored five goals and provided as many assists in 30 Serie A appearances this season and averages close to an hour per game. Further, he averages 1.2 key passes per game and has created nine big chances.

Diaz’s loan at Milan ends in June and he will return to Real Madrid where he has a deal until 2025. While it remains to be seen how many years he extends his commitment by, his involvement under Ancelotti’s command next season is suddenly no longer a distant possibility.

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes

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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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