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Real Madrid outcast on the radars of newly-promoted Premier League club
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.
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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”
Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.
Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.
The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.
However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.
“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.
Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.
Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.
So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.