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Soon-to-be Real Madrid new signing believes training with club legends will benefit him

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Arda Guler appears to be all set to sign for Real Madrid with an agreement in place with the player and his club, Fenerbahce.

Only a few days ago, it appeared that the 18-year-old Turkish wonderkid appeared to be headed for Barcelona. But a late offer from Real Madrid turned things around as Guler was onboard and will now be joining the Merengues imminently.

Now, according to AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), one of the reasons behind Guler opting to move to Real Madrid is that he believed training with legends like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will benefit him and help him grow as a player.

The 18-year-old enjoyed a decent 2022/23 campaign with Fenerbahce, finishing with six goals and seven assists across all competitions.

An attacking midfielder by trade, Guler has shown great potential and has been catching the eye with his ball control and ability to play incisive passes into the final third.

Training on a daily basis with two of the best-ever midfielders in Kroos and Modric is certain to impact the teenager’s game in a positive way.

In fact, reports coming out of Turkey earlier today even went on to suggest that Modric played an important role in convincing Guler to join the club.

The Croatian is understood to have told Guler that he should take over the No. 10 shirt at the club once he hangs up his boots.

Real Madrid will be paying a transfer fee of around €20 million for Guler and have included a 20% future sell-on clause as well. The deal is expected to signed and sealed soon with the youngster expected to travel to the pre-season tour of the USA.

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  1. Elfran Czeko

    July 6, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Good catch for power positioning at the pitch.

  2. Tolga

    July 6, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Not a good move for him. He should have move to Dortmund or Ajax!

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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