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Real Madrid working on offloading three more out-of-favour players – report

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It has been a week of exits and goodbyes at Real Madrid as the club confirmed that Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz, and Karim Benzema will all be leaving soon.

However, the exits are still not done at the Santiago Bernabeu as El Mundo is reporting that Real Madrid are working on offloading three more players in the form of Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola, and Andriy Lunin.

None of the three players mentioned are regulars under Carlo Ancelotti and rarely featured during the 2022/23 campaign.

Vallejo has been at Real Madrid since 2015, although a majority of that time has been spent away on loan. The 26-year-old played just four times (88 minutes) this season, with David Alaba, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, and Nacho ahead of him in the pecking order.

So, it does not come as a surprise to see that Los Blancos wish to sell him. However, it has been reported that Vallejo is not too keen on leaving the club, which could pose a challenge.

As for Odriozola, he appears to be much more receptive to a potential exit in the summer, having hardly played over the course of the past year. Indeed, the right-back has featured in six matches (93 minutes) and has no future at the club.

With Real Sociedad and Athletic Club understood to be interested, Odriozola’s exit could be easy to sort out for the Merengues.

Meanwhile, Lunin, too, has had to suffice with minutes only when the first-choice goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois has been unavailable. Given his age and the need to play regularly, it was expected that the Ukrainian might push for a summer exit.

Irrespective of whether he does or not, Real Madrid are prepared to sanction a sale and plan to bring in a more seasoned option to provide cover for Courtois next season.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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