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Real Madrid outcast not in training to avoid injury risks ahead of exit, no offers yet

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According to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid outcast is not participating in training with his teammates in the United States of America to avoid getting injured ahead of a potential exit this summer.

Odriozola has been out of favour at Real Madrid for a while now and hardly played during the 2022/23 campaign under Carlo Ancelotti. With his contract expiring in a year, the right-back is widely expected to depart this summer.

Despite that, the manager opted to take him along to the pre-season tour of the USA earlier this week. However, Cortegana had reported on Friday that the defender did not participate in an intra-squad training match.

And the former Real Sociedad has not been training today either. And while it has been suggested that he might be dealing with an overload, there could be more to the story than it seems.

Odriozola, it is understood, is keen not to pick up any injury which might hamper his plans to secure an exit this summer. As such, it appears that the right-back has been exempted from training with the team.

Recently, it was suggested that the Spanish ace had an agreement with his former club Real Sociedad over a return.

However, as things stand, the journalist claims that there are no offers on the table yet for Odriozola, with his wages being seen as an impediment by interested parties.

But there is expectation that with there being clubs interested in his services, an exit will materialise sooner rather than later.

Real Madrid signed Odriozola from Real Sociedad in 2018 in a deal worth around €30 million. However, it appears that they will most likely end up letting him leave for free this summer.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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