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Real Madrid’s teenage new arrival showing ‘great level’ in training – report



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Arda Guler’s transfer saga may go under the radar as one of the minor operations in the ongoing transfer window. Yet, his story had no dearth of twists with him snubbing Barcelona to sign for Real Madrid.

The youngster was one of the first to show up for the pre-season training that began on Monday. Guler is determined to impress Carlo Ancelotti from the get-go and prove that he deserves a direct run with the first team.

According to reports from AS, the youngster has taken considerable strides in that direction. The Spanish outlet report that the Turkish star is showing ‘great level’ in his initial training sessions at Real Madrid.

The prodigy’s immense quality does not come as a surprise, given that it was well-hyped during his time at Fenerbahce. Yet, it would be a statement of intent if he broke into the starting lineup at such a tender age.

Guler is seen by many as the long-term future of the Merengues‘ midfield. In fact, Luka Modric is said to have even called him the heir to his number 10 jersey in a private conversation before his signing.

However, it has been reported that in the opening two days of the training, the 18-year-old is being used more as a right-winger.

With the young Turk and Jude Bellingham displaying a good level from day one, Ancelotti has a dilemma to solve in the middle of the park. It appears impossible for the Italian manager to do justice to the gold mine of talent at his disposal, and he is said to consider a diamond formation to be his best bet.

The 18-year-old made 20 Super Lig appearances for Fenerbahce last season, scoring four goals and providing three assists. Further, he averaged two key passes per game and created seven big chances.

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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