Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola talked to the press after the team’s 2-0 win against Celta de Vigo in what was Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Santiago Bernabeu after leaving the club nine months ago.
“Zidane is part of the history of football and madridismo and we’re happy to have him back. He was my idol when I was a kid. You can always notice the coach’s guidance. He got his ideas across and we saw that on the pitch,” said Odriozola, who started the game. “Everyone looks focused. A coach has come in who has brought increased desire and when that happens you want to impress him,” he added.
Odriozola will be hoping to stay in Real Madrid past this season, although Achraf Hakimi has become a very valuable player for Borussia Dortmund during his loan deal. It’d be shocking to see Real Madrid not keeping Achraf this next summer and unless Zidane decides to use him as a left-back —he could play there as well—, Real Madrid would have too many right-backs. Odriozola could need relevant minutes as a starter and if he can’t get them in Madrid a loan deal could happen.