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Spanish club reluctant to sell 17-year-old prospect to Real Madrid: “He and Madrid are finished”

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During the course of the recently concluded summer transfer window, Izan Merino was one of the players Real Madrid were targeting, as part of their plans to reinforce the ranks in the youth department.

However, the Spanish giants were not able to complete the signing of the Malaga youngster, as they were asked to pay his €3 million release clause.

Malaga director closes door on player transfer

In a recent interaction, Loren, the sports director of Malaga, closed the door on Izan Merino’s potential move to Real Madrid.

“The Madrid thing was raised, the judge’s order says it: he has a clause. Let them pay the clause and the player decides if he stays or leaves,” Loren said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“He has a youth contract. The normal thing is that he competes with the reserve team. He has no problem having a youth record. From time to time, if he lacks competitiveness with the first team, he will go down to the reserve team,” he added.

A centre-back by trade, Merino has indeed yet to make a professional breakthrough, but it is evident that Malaga rate the player highly.

With that in mind, Loren closed the door on Merino’s move to Real Madrid, adding, “Madrid has put a lot of pressure on him. Izan Merino and Madrid are finished.”

Malaga looking to extend Merino’s contract

As per the report, Malaga now want to further seal Merino’s future at the club by extending his contract.

The defender’s current contract at Malaga runs until 2025, with a release clause worth around €3 million.

However, the new deal could see him not only extend his contract but also increase the valuation of his release clause at Malaga.

Real Madrid, though, may continue to track the progress of the youngster, who has the potential to become a world-class professional in the years to come.

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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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