Barcelona’s Ilkay Gundogan Salutes Real Madrid Midfielder, Compares Him to Mesut Ozil

Barcelona’s Ilkay Gundogan Salutes Real Madrid Midfielder, Compares Him to Mesut Ozil

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Real Madrid recently completed the signing of one of Europe's brightest stars
  • The signing of the young midfielder has attracted a flurry of reaction from various stars
  • Barcelona’s Ilkay Gundogan recently spoke about the young Los Blancos talent

Real Madrid sparked excitement during the summer transfer window with the announcement of the acquisition of Turkish sensation Arda Guler.

However, persistent injuries have meant the young midfielder’s debut with Los Blancos has been delayed, leaving the footballing world and Real Madrid fans eagerly awaiting the former Fenerbahce star's first appearance.

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Arda Guler reacts as he warms up before the La Liga EA Sports match between Real Madrid CF and Rayo Vallecano. Image: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno.
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Nonetheless, Guler's skills have continued to elicit reactions from various football stakeholders, with many still marveling at his exceptional talents.

One notable figure impressed by the young midfielder is Barcelona's Ilkay Gundogan, who, in a recent interview, lauded Guler's abilities and drew comparisons to former German international Mesut Ozil.

Gundogan on Arda Guler

The 33-year-old, speaking to Turkish media outlet AA Spor, expressed admiration for the 18-year-old. Quoted by, he stated,

"Arda Güler is a very talented football player. If there is a Turkish football player who resembles Mesut Özil the most, it is Arda Güler."

Despite Guler's injury setbacks, Gundogan acknowledged his potential, revealing,

"I talked to Rüdiger; he likes Arda very much. Yes, he had physical issues and couldn't start the season due to injuries. But he's very talented."

The Messi-like skills exhibited by Guler have heightened the anticipation surrounding his debut, with one of his former coaches Erol Tokgozler , who recently spoke to Dario AS in an interview, even declaring the young midfielder as more talented than the mercurial Argentine.

Nontheless, while many may disagree with the Erol's comparison, the young midfielder is widely tipped to mark an era in football.

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Ilkay Gundogan slams Barcelona teammates

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ilkay Gundogan expressed his profound dissatisfaction with his teammates after Barcelona's defeat to Real Madrid.

The Catalan giants suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of their intense rivals in the season's first Clásico on Saturday afternoon.

Before the match at Catalunya, the Spanish champions had maintained an unbeaten record in La Liga but found themselves one point behind Carlo Ancelotti's side in the league standings.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).