Real Madrid got their important transfer business done very early this summer, securing the signings of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni.
Since then, the focus has largely been on player exits, with Isco, Marcelo and Gareth Bale leaving as free agents while Luka Jovic, Takefusa Kubo, Victor Chust and Mario Gila have all been sold.
The most recent exit from the Spanish capital club was that of Borja Mayoral, who has re-signed for Getafe on a permanent transfer after spending the second half of the last season on loan with the Azulones.
But, Real Madrid are still looking to offload two more players before the transfer window slams shut, reports AS. The two stars in question are Alvaro Odriozola and Mariano Diaz.
Odriozola is back at the Bernabeu after spending the last season away on loan at Fiorentina. The right-back was given some opportunities to make an impression on manager Carlo Ancelotti during the pre-season tour of the USA.
However, the former Real Sociedad ace failed to make the most of his chances, with Ancelotti deciding to stick with Lucas Vazquez as Dani Carvajal’s understudy while Vinicius Tobias will be the third-choice right-back. It has left Odriozola’s future in limbo and Real Madrid are actively looking to part ways with him.
Mariano, meanwhile, has entered the final year of his contract at the club. And despite Ancelotti’s insistence that he is not part of the plans, the 29-year-old is keen on staying put and seeing out his contract as he believes he can change the manager’s mind.
Mariano was overlooked by Ancelotti during the friendly against Barcelona when Karim Benzema was unavailable. The manager opted to play Eden Hazard as a false-nine instead of calling on the Dominican striker, indicating his status within the squad.
Fenerbahce were willing to sign him up, but Mariano turned down a transfer. There is interest from clubs in La Liga and Real Madrid hope to offload him at the earliest so that they can sign a new No. 9 to provide cover for Benzema.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.