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Tchouameni to contest with Real Madrid veteran for defensive-midfield position

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As Real Madrid gear up for the forthcoming campaign, Carlo Ancelotti continues to draw up the squad list that he will carry into next season.

Last season, Madrid faced a dilemma in the defensive midfield department, as Tchouameni’s bright first half of the campaign was marred with a dip in performances, which led the coach to start Kroos as the starting 6.

With the conclusion of the pre-season US tour, it appears the duo will continue to battle it out for a spot at the base of the midfield.

Tchouaméni and Kroos will be contesting for the defensive midfield position once again this season.

Tchouameni’s resurgence

Los Blancos acquired the midfielder for a whopping fee of €80 million plus another €20 million only last year, as he arrived to take over Casemiro’s throne.

While he had a stellar first few months in Spain, his performance quickly dipped in the second part of his debut season, costing him his starting spot.

However, an outstanding upside for Madrid in the pre-season was recovering a version of Aurelien Tchouameni that resembled something close to his best after his decline in the second half of the last season.

In light of his resurgence, offering him more regularity would be the ideal move to further the Frenchman’s development.

While Kroos has the potential to offer guidance and ease the burden off the Tchouameni, he has shown clear struggles defensively in this position, as was especially observed in last season’s Champions League affair against Manchester City.

As such, providing Tchouameni with a starting role, with Kroos playing second fiddle would be a sensible approach, as the German enters the final stage of his career and the Frenchman proceeds to grow in maturity.

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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