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Revealed: La Liga rivals looking to sign 19-year-old Real Madrid prodigy

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Real Madrid had an active 2023 summer transfer window as they brought in Jude Bellingham for €103 million, beating Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea for his signature.

They were also in the race for Kylian Mbappe last summer. The Frenchman had communicated to PSG about his decision not to extend his contract and was sidelined due to the same.

Madrid also had to deal with the unexpected departure of Karim Benzema, who joined Al-Ittihad on a free transfer, and then Marco Asensio, who also left on a Bosman move. 

Following all of this, one of the moves that created a lot of buzz later in the window was the signing of Arda Guler. Madrid beat Barcelona to his signing, which was part of the reason why there was a lot of noise around him.

After a turbulent first season, though, it seems Guler’s time at Madrid could be, albeit temporarily, coming to an end.

Real Sociedad lurking

While several teams are keeping a keen eye on Guler, Madrid Universal have been informed that Real Sociedad, especially, are looking to sign him in the summer on loan.

They want to repeat the formula of Takefuso Kubo, where they initially loaned in the Japanese wonderkid for a season before striking a €6.5 million deal with Madrid for him in 2022.

Kubo is having a tremendous 2023/24 season, as well, with seven goals and three assists in La Liga across 23 games.

Madrid trust Guler

Carlo Ancelotti has reiterated time and again that Madrid fully trust Guler and that the player will continue to learn and develop at the club.

However, things could get further complicated after Mbappe’s arrival this summer as Brahim Diaz and Rodrygo will fight for a place on the right-wing.

Guler could be reduced to even less minutes, which at 19, is not ideal for any player’s development.

Regardless, with the summer window still a few months away, Madrid could be expected to find the best solution for Guler, with more teams soon to join the race for his signature.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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