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Real Madrid defender could return to former club, talks underway – report

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Alvaro Odriozola could leave Real Madrid in the coming days and secure a return to his former club Real Sociedad, reports Mikel Recalde.

The right-back came through the ranks at La Real and established himself as one of the most exciting young full-backs in La Liga before securing a transfer to Real Madrid in the summer of 2018.

Odriozola’s €32 million switch to the Santiago Bernabeu has not worked out according to plans as he has failed to make the desired impact. After an 18-month period filled with struggles, he joined Bayern Munich on loan in January 2020.

After returning to Madrid in the summer, he spent the 2020/21 campaign warming the benches before signing for Fiorentina on loan last summer. The 26-year-old enjoyed a decent spell in Italy but is now back in the Spanish capital where he is seen as surplus to requirements.

Indeed, Carlo Ancelotti has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as his preferred options at right-back, while young Vinicius Tobias is also seen above Odriozola in the pecking order. So, with no space for him in the club’s plans, Real Madrid have been working hard to secure an exit for him.

A move to Premier League club Nottingham Forest was speculated, but nothing came of it. However, now, Odriozola could finally be on his way out of the Bernabeu, with a return to his former club Real Sociedad seemingly on the cards.

As per the report, La Real’s sporting director Roberto Olabe and head of recruitment Erik Brestos flew to Madrid earlier today and conversations over re-signing Odriozola are already underway. While chances are that it could be a loan deal, a permanent transfer is not ruled out.

The 26-year-old, for his part, would be open to returning to the Basque Country outfit. With three days left before the window slams shut, it remains to be seen if the operation is completed.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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