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Official: Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola rejoins Real Sociedad

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In a late deadline day move, Real Madrid misfit Alvaro Odriozola has re-signed for boyhood club Real Sociedad.

“Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad have agreed on the transfer of the player Álvaro Odriozola,” the official statement read.

“Real Madrid wishes to express its affection and gratitude to Odriozola, whose professionalism and behavior have been exemplary.”

The Spanish right-back had left Sociedad to join Real Madrid in 2018 but things never clicked for him at the capital club.

Having had sub-par loan spells away at Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, Odriozola has been at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal since last summer, but has hardly played.

It had been evident for a long time that the defender was not part of the Italian’s plans and as such an exit was always likely.

Now the 27-year-old has ended up securing a return to his former club Real Sociedad in a permanent transfer.

Guillermo Rai of The Athletic reports that the deal will be worth €1.5 million plus add-ons, with Odriozola having been in the final year of his contract at Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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