In Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez, Real Madrid have two solid options to deploy at the right-back position. Keeping a third player for the same position would not only be a waste of resources but also the player’s time as he would hardly see any involvement.
Carlo Ancelotti thus does not count on Alvaro Odriozola, opening the door for his exit. Real Madrid have been working on his departure for several weeks but have struggled to find the right offer.
According to reports from AS, Nottingham Forest have shown interest in signing the right-back this summer. Moreover, it is said that the player would welcome a move to England.
The newly-promoted Premier League side lost their opening game to Newcastle United but bounced back strong with a 1-0 win over West Ham. The addition of Odriozola would be a big boost to Steve Cooper’s side.
Odriozola spent the last season on loan in Italy with Fiorentina, making 25 appearances in the process. He averaged over four defensive actions per game and provided two goal contributions during his spell in Serie A.
The Italians were interested in making his signing permanent. But the player’s exorbitant wages were the roadblock to the potential deal.
In a World Cup year, playing time is of paramount importance. The right-back will see no game-time under Carlo Ancelotti, and it is in his best interest to look for a new club. It would not be surprising if he took a pay cut to facilitate the same.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.