Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema have established themselves as irreplaceable players in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup this season. While the duo have been a constant, the third player in attack has been variable.
With the likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Mariano and Luka Jovic being completely discarded by the manager, only two players have been in the battle for the lone vacancy.
At the beginning of the season, Marco Asensio and Rodrygo were neck to neck in the race to start. However, the scale has tilted heavily in favour of the Brazilian in recent weeks.
With Kylian Mbappe set to join Los Blancos in the summer, the club see it as vital to engineer a few departures in the forward department. After his decline in performance, Asensio is now one of the candidates on the departure list.
According to reports from Diario AS (TheMadridZone), more than six teams are interested in signing the Spanish winger this summer.
Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Arsenal are just a few of the clubs that were linked with Asensio’s signing earlier this year. Needless to say, they will be the names leading the race to sign him this time around too.
Asensio has started 18 league games for Real Madrid this season, scoring ten goals in the process. He has missed five big chances and averages one key pass per game.
In April, Real Madrid offered Asensio a contract of €4.5 million with an individual clause that, if fulfilled, could reach €6 million. However, now the situation has changed and it remains to be seen if that offer is still on the table.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.