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.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.