Pre-season is often the final chance for a departing player to prove his worth to the manager. Not many players on the exit list get such an opportunity and the few who do often fail to utilize it.
Alvaro Odriozola’s story at Real Madrid this summer has been similar. At the end of last season, the defender’s departure from the Bernabeu looked certain, but he was given one final chance on the US tour.
Carlo Ancelotti was reportedly unimpressed by the right-back’s performance in the preseason. Now, Odriozola is set to leave the club.
According to reports from Ekrem Konur, Inter Milan are closely monitoring the situation of the Real Madrid right-back.
The Italians have Denzel Dumfries as their first choice right-back, but the Dutch international is linked with a move to the Premier League. With Chelsea edging closer to Dumfries’ signing, the Nerazzuri see Odriozola as an ideal replacement.
Daniel Carvajal and Lucas Vasquez are ahead of the 26-year-old in the pecking order. Needless to say, being a third-choice starter makes Odriozola a surplus in Ancelotti’s plans.
The former Real Sociedad player’s contract with Los Blancos ends in June 2024. It would appear that the current window is the best time for the club to sell him and gather some profit.
Last season, he made 13 league appearances for Real Madrid and scored two goals. However, he only oversaw three clean sheets and averaged less than five defensive actions per game.
It will be difficult for the club to find the right-back a suitor, given his high salary and low market value. Nevertheless, Inter Milan’s interest in the player comes as a sigh of relief, and one hopes it stems into something concrete.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.