Real Madrid may come out of the 2022 summer transfer window as a stronger and well-balanced side, but the window has not been successful on all fronts.
Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Casemiro, Luka Jovic, Isco and Borja Mayoral are few of the players Los Blancos parted ways with this summer. Yet, the fact remains that the club could not part ways with some of the deadwood in the squad.
Jesus Vallejo, Dani Ceballos and Mariano are players whose departure never seemed to be a possibility despite their minimal contribution to the team. Further, there is the case of Alvaro Odriozola who looked set to leave but is now closer to staying.
Though the player wanted to return, the high price of the deal pushed the Basque side away from negotiations.
La Real have plenty of cash to spend after Alexander Isak’s €70 million move to the Premier League. However, there is the added aspect of Odriozola’s wages which are high for them to cover.
The player is surplus to requirement at Real Madrid, given that the club already have Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez covering the right-back position. It is understood that he will have hardly any game-time under his belt if he stays at the club.
Last season, Odriozola played for Serie A side Fiorentina on loan. In his season-long spell in Italy, he scored one goal and provided one assist. Defensively, he was sub-par and averaged just under four actions per game.
Villarreal have been linked with Odriozola in recent hours, and it remains to be seen if any deadline day drama awaits the Spanish international’s future.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.