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Real Madrid’s 32-year-old veteran turned down several offers to stay at the club

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According to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid defender Lucas Vazquez, who turned 32 today, has rejected several offers from European clubs in order to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu.

A product of the club’s youth academy, Vazquez got his break into the first team in 2015 after a loan stint away at RCD Espanyol. Since then, the 32-year-old has been an important squad member for Los Blancos contributing with his versatility and terrific work ethic.

One of the longest-serving members left in the current squad, Vazquez has made 311 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 33 and assisting 57 goals.

Having started out as a winger, Vazquez has now transformed himself into a right-back and serves as the backup to Dani Carvajal in the position.

Given his experience and versatility, the report states that several offers came the Spanish international’s way in recent weeks, especially considering the fact that his contract stands to expire exactly in a year.

Juventus were understood to be one of those suitors interested in Vazquez, with the Italians seeking to reinforce their right-back position this summer.

However, Vazquez turned down all approaches and proposals that came his way as he has no intentions of leaving Real Madrid this summer.

As for whether there will be a renewal for the 32-year-old next year, there is no information on that.

But, Vazquez staying put for the next season is an important decision from the club’s point of view as Real Madrid do not intend to sign a new full-back this summer even though manager Carlo Ancelotti wishes to reinforce the positions.

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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