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.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”