Real Madrid have officially announced the signing of Turkish midfielder Arda Güler from Fenerbahçe. The 18-year-old has signed a six-year deal and is the latest addition to the young crop of players Carlo Ancelotti has at his disposal.
Güler can play in an attacking midfield role or as a wide man. The youngster fits into the criteria of a versatile player, which is what the Italian coach admires, having already got players such as Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo and Fede Valverde who can play various roles.
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There will be discussions over the coming weeks about where the Turkish youth international will fit in. Los Blancos might deem Güler as the long-term successor for Luka Modrić and, according to Turkish journalist Volkan Demir, the Croatian midfielder contacted the teenager to say: “I’m gone next season and I want to give my jersey to you”.
The two have similarities in their style of play. Both have the ability to carry the ball forward, break opposition lines and have a good work rate out of possession. Having said that, the 18-year-old is still relatively inexperienced and it may take him some time to get up to speed with La Liga and Europe.
Jake Staniland | GSFN