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Just in: Real Madrid outcast closing in on a return to his former club

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Real Madrid could be closing in on offloading another player this summer as MARCA is reporting that out-of-favour defender Alvaro Odriozola is possibly on his way to Real Sociedad.

Odriozola signed for Real Madrid from Sociedad five years ago in 2018 for a fee of around €30 million. However, things never got going for the right-back at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He had a six-month loan spell at Bayern Munich and also spent a year in Italy with Fiorentina before returning to the Spanish capital club.

Odriozola, though, was not someone who Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti counted on much, with the defender playing just six games in the 2022/23 campaign.

Given that the likes of Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, and even Nacho Fernandez are ahead of the Spanish ace in the pecking order at Real Madrid. As such, Los Blancos have been keen on selling him, especially with his contract expiring next year.

Reports suggested that Odriozola was courting interest from clubs like Juventus and Athletic Club but was keen on securing a return to his former team, Real Sociedad.

Now, that possibility might be close, with the report suggesting that Real Madrid will not stand in the way of Odriozola’s wishes.

Given that Real Sociedad are not keen on spending much and the player has only one year left on his deal, Los Blancos are unlikely to receive a significant fee for the right-back.

Even so, getting rid of the player who is clearly not in the manager’s plans would be welcome at the Bernabeu as it would lighten the wage bill even if not by a big margin.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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