Carlo Ancelotti has denied being concerned about Arda Gülers long-term future at Real Madrid after the teenage playmaker was ruled out with his third injury since joining the club in the summer.
Real Madrid beat competition from Barcelona to sign highly-rated Güler from Fenerbahce in a €20 million ($21.3m) deal in July, but he has yet to make his debut for the club.
– Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.)Speaking in a news conference, Ancelotti confirmed that the
Turkey international had picked up another muscular problem after being an unused substitute in Madrids 3-0
UEFA Champions League win over Braga on Wednesday.”Unfortunately it happened before the Braga game,” Ancelotti said. “It didnt seem like much, but its been bothering him since. It isnt serious. Obviously the player is depressed, because hes young and wants to contribute. Its a small step backwards, it isnt a relapse. He has the international break to recover.”
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Güler previously needed surgery on a meniscus injury in his right knee in August and then suffered a thigh problem in September, just as he had been given the all-clear to return to action.
“The first one was a rupture of the meniscus,” Ancelotti said. “He had surgery. Often that changes your posture a bit, you play more with the other foot, and during your recovery from the meniscus you can have muscular problems. Thats what has happened to Güler. His future is so bright.
“I have personal experience, when I was 21 I stopped [playing] for two years, and I came back. His future isnt in doubt. Its just a moment. Lets hope he can come back after the break.”
Madrid have seen several players ruled out long-term this season, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender
Éder Militão both suffering ACL tears in August.”You have to recover with calm,” Ancelotti said, when asked what advice hed offer Güler.
“Its normal that a player is affected, hes new here, he wants to contribute to the team. With an injured player its always difficult. Youre here at [Madrids training ground] Valdebebas, your teammates train and play and you dont. His sadness and anger is quite normal. Theres no hurry. Arda Gülers future is here and hell do well, he has an extraordinary talent.”
Ancelotti said star midfielder Jude Bellingham — who missed the Braga game with a shoulder problem — would be available to face
Valencia in LaLiga on Saturday.”The player says he feels comfortable,” Ancelotti said. “He trained normally today. So hes available, and if nothing strange happens in these last few hours, I think hell play.”