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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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Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training



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The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.

Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.

The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.

Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid

Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.

However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.

To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.

This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.

Arda Guler is taking special guidance from Toni Kroos (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler

The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.

Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.

This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.

It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.

Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.

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