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Real Sociedad boss coy on links with Real Madrid defender: “Anything can happen”



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With Real Madrid officially confirming Reinier Jesus’ move to Serie A’s Frosinone, Alvaro Odriozola remains the only player in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad who is not in the manager’s plans.

It is no secret that the Italian tactician does not count on the Basque defender. He has, in fact, preferred deploying even Nacho Fernandez at right-back as a backup option over Odriozola.

The 27-year-old is aware of his situation in Madrid but remains firm that he will only leave if Real Sociedad are to make a move for him.

There have been positive developments from the Basque side, but not much has come of it.

Earlier today, La Real manager Imanol Alguacil spoke to the press ahead of his team’s clash against Granada. As part of his press conference, he was asked about the possible signing of Odriozola, to which he said:

“I don’t expect anything, but the market is open, and anything can happen.”

When asked if the 27-year-old’s signing was necessary to strengthen his squad, Alguacil gave an intriguing reply that gave nothing away.

“What is needed is for us to improve the ones who are here,” he added, as relayed by AS.

Walking a tightrope

Odriozola not in Ancelotti’s plans. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Odriozola has one more year left on his contract at the Spanish capital. He does not see running his contract down with bad eyes but undoubtedly would prefer a move to Real Sociedad.

As of now, the right-back’s departure on deadline day is not ruled out. Real Madrid are currently negotiating with La Real but there is no agreement between the clubs. The coming hours will be critical.

Real Sociedad president speaks about Odriozola

Earlier this week, La Real president Jokin Aperribay spoke about Odriozola’s possible signing during the unveiling ceremony of Kieran Tierney.

“La Real are interested in Odriozola, a home-grown player I’ve always known,” he said, officially confirming their interest in the defender.

Now, everything will boil down to the economics of the deal. The Basque outfit have an agreement with Odriozola, and all that remains is for the clubs to see eye-to-eye.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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