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Turkish teenager Arda Guler announces himself to the world with insane strike, he's special

Jack Kenmare

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Turkish teenager Arda Guler announces himself to the world with insane strike, he's special

Arda Guler, one of the most in-demand teenagers in world football right now, scored an absolute screamer for Turkey in their European Championship win over Wales.

The 18-year-old, who has been linked with a number of top European clubs this summer, including Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle, scored six goals in 35 appearances for Fenerbahce last season.

His form for club and country has earned him the nickname ‘Turkish Messi’ amongst fans – and for good reason.

After impressing on the international stage of late, Guler scored his first goal for Turkey on Monday night; a wonderful left-footed strike that left goalkeeper Danny Ward stumped. How good is this?

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As you can imagine, his spectacular effort against Rob Page's side at the Samsun Stadium earned praise from many on social media.

One fan said: "If you don’t already know Arda Guler (2005), you’re going to hear a lot about him over the next few years," while another commented: "Whoever signs Arda guler is going to get the deal of the century."

A third wrote: "Whoever is signing Arda Guler is getting an all-timer talent."

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A fourth added: "Nothing beats scoring a top bin but doing so for your first goal in your country's shirt makes it even special."

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Guler will be available for his €17.5 million [£15 million] release clause this summer after he clocked 1,500 minutes during the 2022/23 campaign, meaning reports over his next destination will likely swirl for weeks to come.

The teenager certainly made an impression in the Super Lig last season, clocking an average rating of 7.32 for the season – the fourth-highest of any active player in the division.

He also completed 2.9 key passes and an average of two successful dribbles per 90 – an impressing stat considering his central-midfield role.

Many notable figures have praised his impact in recent months, including former Juventus and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who recently coached Turkish side Fatih Karagumruk.

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“Arda Guler is a very talented player,” he said. “He has the potential to play anywhere in the world. He has quality, he can read the game well, and he has great technique. If he keeps developing his game, there is no limit to his potential.”

So who is interested? A host of clubs have expressed their admiration for the teenager, including Arsenal, who have reportedly made contract over a possible move.

Guler's representative Rafaela Pimenta recently said: "Many clubs want him. He will be the next top player in European football"

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Guler, meanwhile, wants to test himself in a major European league. Thoughts on his future? Who should he join this summer?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@EURO2024

Topics: Turkey, Fenerbahce, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Arsenal

Jack Kenmare
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