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Ex-Real Madrid star thanks club after deadline day exit: “Grateful to have had a happy time”



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Alvaro Odriozola was the only Real Madrid player who saw some action on transfer deadline day.

The right-back sealed a return to his former club Real Sociedad for a fee of €1.5 million plus add-ons. The player desperately wanted to return to his old club after a difficult spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Odriozola thanks Real Madrid and Florentino Perez

Odriozola was recently unveiled as an official Real Sociedad once again, five years after he had left the club for a fee of €32 million.

Speaking at his presentation, Odriozola did not miss a moment to thank Real Madrid and club president Florentino Perez for enabling him to return to his old club.

“Real Madrid is a magnificent club, and today I want to thank President Florentino and José Ángel Sánchez because they allowed me to realize a dream, that of returning home to Sociedad,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Odriozola’s time at Madrid

During his initial spell at Sociedad, Odriozola had featured in 57 competitive matches for the Txuri-Urdin, establishing himself as one of the most promising right-backs in Europe.

It prompted Real Madrid to sign him in 2018, but he never got going. Looking back at his stint at the Santiago Bernabeu, he acknowledged:

“Madrid is a very competitive club, the competition is tough, I can only speak highly of my teammates and coaches like Zidane, Ancelotti, Lopetegui… I’m grateful to have had a happy time, and I’m now returning home with all the humility in the world.”

While the Spaniard has not been able to realise his potential, he remains a reliable option with years of experience at the highest level of football.

As for Real Madrid, they are unlikely to be fazed by the departure of Odriozola, who had no future at the Bernabeu despite the club’s lack of options in the right-back position.

The Spanish giants, though, are expected to make a big-money signing in the position next summer, with Perez particularly keen on roping in Chelsea captain Reece James in the future.

However, with Real Madrid also keen on signing a new striker, it remains to be seen whether or not the club are able to sign the Englishman next summer.

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  1. Mandla

    September 4, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    We need to be calm cool and collected when we dò business. Emotions aside we need to use our minds well.thinking with our heads not our blood.

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Real Madrid upset with ‘blatant errors’ made by referee during derby defeat vs Atletico



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Real Madrid suffered their first defeat of the 2023/24 season last night as local rivals Atletico Madrid beat Carlo Ancelotti’s men 3-1 at the Civitas Metropolitano.

It was a meek display from the Merengues with Atleti doing well to contain them for most of the game.

The defeat, coupled with Barcelona’s win over Celta Vigo, sees the Catalans assume the top spot in La Liga with Real Madrid now slipping down to third.

Real Madrid unhappy with refereeing

As is the case with almost every Madrilenian derby, Sunday night’s clash was not without its controversial moments.

And, MARCA is now reporting that Real Madrid are unhappy and upset with some contentious refereeing decisions made during the match.

Indeed, Los Blancos were not pleased with some of the calls made by the referee and aired their feelings via their Real Madrid TV Broadcast during which they highlighted the said ‘blatant errors’ made by referee Javier Alberola Rojas and the VAR.

Real Madrid point to several errors

For starters, Real Madrid felt aggrieved that Alvaro Morata’s opening goal was allowed to stand despite there being a foul committed on Jude Bellingham in the lead-up to the goal, with there being no VAR check either.

Real Madrid were displeased by the refereeing. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

On top of that, the Merengues believe that Jose Maria Gimenez should have been shown a red card by the referee for a last-man challenge on Rodrygo, but the Atletico Madrid ace was only shown a yellow card, with VAR not intervening again.

Real Madrid also believe that they should have been awarded a penalty for a potential handball by Mario Hermoso from a cross by Nacho in the 66th minute.

Beyond that, Los Blancos also felt aggrieved about Eduardo Camavinga’s goal not being allowed due to offside despite Antonio Rudiger not impacting play.

There is no point in crying over spilt milk though and Real Madrid must now turn their focus towards the next game against Las Palmas and returning to winning ways.

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