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Turkey coach clarifies Arda Guler situation after making him train away from squad

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After a euphoric start to his UEFA Euro 2024 campaign with Turkey, Real Madrid wonderkid Arda Guler faced somewhat of a setback over the past week.

The Real Madrid talent began the Euro journey by scoring a stunning goal for his national team against Georgia and was one of their best players on the night.

Yet, he found himself being benched by manager Vincenzo Montella for Turkey’s second game against Portugal this past weekend.

On top of that, the Real Madrid prodigy was made to train separately by the manager while preparing for their final group game against the Czech Republic, leading to suspicion that all was not well between them.

Montella offers explanation

Now, though, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella has offered an explanation as to why Arda Guler was dropped from the lineup against Portugal and was asked to train away from the group recently.

Montella has come under fire over Guler’s situation. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

As per the Italian coach, the decision was made based on advice from the medical staff as the 19-year-old attacking midfielder was at risk of getting injured.

“Let me clarify Arda’s issue. It was not me who decided for him not to play in the previous match, but rather it was a decision made by the medical staff. He had a specific period where he could play in order not to be exposed to the risk of injury,” he said (h/t Gazete Duvar).

“Also to avoid being exposed to the risk of injury, he performed specific training two days ago. The decision was made not to include him in the starting lineup for the Portugal match in consultation with the medical staff and Guler.”

Guler likely to start vs Czechia

While Guler might have played only a few minutes against Portugal and then trained separately from the squad, it is being suggested that the Real Madrid starlet will return to the starting XI vs Czechia.

With the second place in Group F up for grabs, Montella is expected to recall the 19-year-old prodigy into the lineup when they face Czechia in Hamburg tonight.

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Mbappe shirt sales 450% higher than Bellingham’s as Real Madrid rake in €800,000

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Real Madrid realized one of their biggest sporting and commercial ambitions by signing Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer.

Adhering faithfully to their Galacticos philosophy, signing Mbappe exemplified that the Merengues pursue not only elite talent but also renowned figures who carry global recognition.

While Mbappe has yet to play a single minute for the club, he is already busy breaking records at the club.

Mbappe’s shirt sales are through the roof

Indeed, according to El Chiringuito, within a mere day of its launch, Kylian Mbappe’s jersey sales have soared to an astounding 450% higher than those of Jude Bellingham.

Given Bellingham’s huge name in football, this impressive statistic highlights a fervent demand for the French star’s jerseys among supporters worldwide.

Moreover, the club’s online store has reaped substantial financial rewards, generating an impressive sum of €800,000 solely from the sale of Mbappe’s jerseys.

Mbappe shirt sales are through the roof. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On top of that, they have sold more than 7,000 Mbappe shirts at the club’s physical store which will have provided further revenue boost.

Considering that the 2018 World Cup winner will don the number 9 shirt adds to the incredible demand, as several greats of the game have represented this number in the past, including Karim Benzema most recently.

Real Madrid struggling to keep up with the demand

Reports have mentioned that Real Madrid are appealing for patience from their fans as they handle the high volume of sales.

In fact, Real Madrid eventually posted a note on their website warning that delivery delays of up to 4-6 extra weeks may occur due to the great demand for Mbappe’s kits.

Tuesday, July 16 is set aside for his formal presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu, where a full house is expected to greet him, potentially with a large chunk of the fans wearing Mbappe jerseys.

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