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Real Madrid outcast on the radars of two Italian giants ahead of the January window

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Alvaro Odriozola has endured a torrid season so far at Real Madrid. The Spanish right-back is the only player from the first-team squad to not have played a single minute of competitive football for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.

Following a decent loan spell at Fiorentina last season, the former Real Sociedad ace had returned to the Spanish capital club with hope of reigniting his career that had stalled in recent times.

But with no change in his situation at the Santiago Bernabeu, a January exit could be on the cards for Odriozola when the January transfer window opens for business next week.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, two Italian giants in AC Milan and AS Roma could be interested in offering Odriozola an escape route out of Real Madrid in the winter.

The 27-year-old has been with Los Blancos since 2018 when he joined from Real Sociedad, but has failed to carve out a place for himself in the setup, with Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez firmly ahead of him in the pecking order.

Odriozola has had two spells away on loan from the Santiago Bernabeu, with the right-back spending the second half of the 2019/20 season at Bayern Munich and then playing for Fiorentina in the previous campaign.

During his time at Real Madrid, the Spaniard has made just 43 appearances, contributing with three goals and ten assists.

But with Los Merengues looking at the possibility of making Vinicius Tobias’ transfer permanent, there does not seem to be any space for Odriozola at Real Madrid.

An exit in the January window, thus, could be the best possible option for all parties involved. And a transfer to either Milan and Roma, where he could play at a high level and participate in European football could certainly appeal to Odriozola.

Whether an exit materialises or he continues to warm the benches at the Bernabeu in the second half of the season will be interesting to see.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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