A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered an update on the future of Alvaro Odriozola. The right-back has endured a difficult time at Real Madrid lately, falling behind in the pecking order and hardly making any impact on the senior side.
The report states that Odriozola has opened the door for a possible exit from Santiago Bernabeu this coming summer, after learning that he has no prospects in the Real Madrid squad.
With just two league appearances, Odriozola has indeed fallen behind Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez in the pecking order. He believes as long as Carlo Ancelotti is at the helm, his chances of making a breakthrough in the senior side will remain close to none.
Ancelotti was linked with an exit from Real Madrid in the past few months, but the club’s strong showing against Barcelona in Copa Del Rey, coupled with their performances in the UEFA Champions League have helped the club regain faith in the Italian mastermind.
Therefore, leaving the club appears to be the only option for Odriozola. The club, for their part, are open to sanctioning the sale of the right-back, as they look to make way for several academy sensations and possibly new signings.
Odriozola was particularly holding out for a move to Real Sociedad last year, but the Txuri-Urdin did not make any effort to sign the player. However, the club have still kept tabs on his situation and might consider a move in the coming summer.
Real Sociedad, though, are not the only one targeting Odriozola. The club could face stiff competition from Basque outfit Athletic Club, who are strongly considering the possibility of incorporating a right-back such as Odriozola.
Therefore, it could be an important summer ahead for the Real Madrid star as he looks to take the next step in his career.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.