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Villarreal eye last-minute swoop for out-of-favour Real Madrid defender – report

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Villarreal have enjoyed a solid start to the 2022/23 La Liga season with seven points in their opening three games. The Yellow Submarine are undefeated so far, recording two wins and one draw.

The focus is now to keep their momentum going. At the club, it is believed that signing a quality right-back will be a big step towards that objective, following the injury to first-choice option Juan Foyth.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid outcast Alvaro Odriozola has emerged as a real option for Villarreal.

Los Blancos have the right-back position well covered with Dani Carvajal as the first choice and Lucas Vazquez as a competent backup option. With Vinicius Tobias also available, Odriozola, as it appears, is surplus.

Real Madrid have been working towards his exit for several months now, but have failed to engineer the transfer. The biggest hurdle in his departure is his high wages that clubs are not willing to cover.

Yesterday, it was reported that Real Sociedad, Odriozola’s former club, were interested in signing him back. While the option of returning home is tempting, it will not be easy for the player to turn down Villarreal, who now see him as a replacement for the injured Foyth.

Last season, the 26-year-old Odriozola played on loan at Fiorentina. In 25 league appearances, he scored one goal and provided one assist. However, he averaged just four defensive actions per game and oversaw three clean sheets.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid cover a part of Odriozola’s salary or if the player takes a wage cut in order to secure a transfer to Villarreal. A decision will have to be made soon, given that the transfer window will close in a little over a day.

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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