Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has tempered the excitement surrounding Arda Guler, urging patience from both Turkish fans and the eager youngster himself.
While acknowledging Guler’s frustration after being overlooked against Almeria, Ancelotti admitted to employing different strategies for veterans and rising stars.
The 18-year-old, finally fit after injury woes, craves game time, but his appearances remain limited to brief cameos. His visible frustration contrasts with Ancelotti’s past assurances about not warming up established players like Luka Modric unless substitution is imminent.
“I said what I think, nothing more. A young man like Guler if he warms up and doesn’t play, nothing happens; but Modric, at 39 years old, with five Champions League titles and being a legen; I can’t do it. He knows that,” Ancelotti said.
While Ancelotti has been more open to offering Guler minutes than most 18-year-olds, fierce competition for his preferred positions demands earned opportunities.
Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Brahim Diaz, and even Modric himself face limited playing time. Thus, Guler’s path to regular appearances lies in impressing on the training ground.
Ancelotti urged patience for Guler and made it clear that he believes his time will come when the time is right.
“He is progressing well, every day he is physically better, getting used to the intensity of this football. Now he is fine and will have minutes. But, as I said, you have to be patient… (laughs) I understand that there is a lot of pressure on him, because an entire country, Turkey, wants to see him play for Real Madrid, but the boy is 18 years old. His time will come,” he added.
Ancelotti’s message is clear, Guler’s future at Madrid is promising, but patience and proven worth are the keys to unlocking regular playing time. While fleeting appearances might be the current reality, a dedicated approach could pave the way for a brighter future.