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Real Madrid full-back’s departure ‘in progress’, player evaluating his options

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At this point in the transfer window, Real Madrid have made solid additions to their already formidable squad. They may have lost some big names in Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, but they have fortified the future of the team by bringing in Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler, among others.

The focus is now on the departures. Los Blancos have several players on their roster who barely feature under Carlo Ancelotti, whose departure will clear significant space on the wage bill. One such player is Alvaro Odriozola.

According to reports from Arancha Rodriguez (h/t RM4Arab), the Spaniard’s departure is in progress. The player is currently studying the offers he has on his table, and a decision is not far away.

The most notable name the 27-year-old is negotiating with is Real Sociedad. Odriozola is a product of La Real’s youth academy and even played for the Basque side until his €30 million move to Real Madrid.

His career at the Spanish capital has been far from the paradise he hopes for. Ancelotti clearly trusts Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez at right-back heading into the new season.

Odriozola is not even a third choice, with Nacho Fernandez often filling in when the aforementioned duo is unavailable.

Given his lack of playing time under the current manager, a move back home would appear the best way forward for him to resurrect his career.

The 27-year-old made just three appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga last season, totalling 42 minutes across all outings. In the preceding season, he was sent on loan to Fiorentina and made 25 league appearances, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process.

As it stands, his departure from the Spanish capital only appears to be a matter of time. Real Madrid do not hope to recover a large sum from his exit and appreciate the space created on the wage bill.

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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