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Real Madrid full-back ready to leave the club, but only wants to join La Liga giants

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Real Madrid have undergone an assortment of departures heading into the summer transfer window. With their eyes set on new entries, exit operations have been carried out to ensure a path is paved for new signings.

Los Blancos are not done just yet, though, and appear to be searching for destinations for several other of their fringe players.

According to Radio MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra), Odriozola’s future is up in the air. The Spaniard has requested to leave, but only to Real Sociedad.

The report further claims that La Real would not be willing to pay a fee for the player.

Odriozola moved to Real Madrid from San Sebastian in 2018, but despite loan periods at Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, his career in Madrid has never taken off. As a result, he has never been a nailed option for the Merengues‘ first team.

The 27-year-old has a year remaining on his contract, and, as such, Madrid are looking to obtain a fee for him, before inevitably bidding him farewell on a free transfer.

However, with incredibly scarce play time and minimal faith from the coaches he has worked with at Real Madrid, Odriozola is intent on returning to Real Sociedad, having previously played there.

In the event a free transfer is foregone, the only benefit for Real Madrid would be clearing Odriozola’s €7 million gross annual salary off the books, which would free up that amount of money and a roster slot for another player.

The Basque side and Madrid have frequently conducted business together previously, so a mutual agreement that suits both parties is not ruled out just yet.

Considering Sociedad are heading into the Champions League next season, a fee for the player that would help them bolster the squad is a slight possibility.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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