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Real Madrid in talks with Real Sociedad over the sale of out-of-favour defender

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Alvaro Odriozola was one of Real Sociedad’s most vital members before his move to Real Madrid in 2018. He made 35 appearances for the Basque side in the 2017-18 season of La Liga, providing four assists and creating five big chances in the process.

Following his €30 million move to Madrid, however, his career took a steep turn. He made 14 La Liga appearances for the club in 2018-19 but has seen his prominence fall with every passing season.

In the recently concluded campaign, Odriozola had barely any part to play under Carlo Ancelotti. With just 42 minutes under his belt in the league, he was one of the team’s least-used players and it is clear that he is not in the manager’s plan.

According to reports from AS, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad are in talks over Odriozola’s transfer. The move would see the defender return to San Sebastian in what would be a win-win situation for all parties involved.

The Italian tactician counts on Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez to continue carrying the torch at right-back for the coming campaign. Though Odriozola is younger than the existing options, he is not even considered an option by Ancelotti.

The 27-year-old’s contract with Real Madrid runs until next summer, after which he will be permitted to leave on a free transfer.

If a departure can be agreed upon in the coming days, however, the incoming funds will prove useful for Kylian Mbappe’s anticipated €200 million move.

Odriozola has agreed to leave with several offers coming his way. Moreover, a return home would appear the best option for the Spaniard given his lack of prominence at Real Madrid.

With all parties standing to gain from his move, rapid progress in discussions is expected in the coming week.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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