Alvaro Odriozola left Real Madrid on loan in January in search of more minutes. The full back had offers on the table from Sevilla and Bayern Munich, choosing the latter after multiple discussions with both clubs. Despite the change of scenery, minutes have still been hard to come by for the 24-year-old. He has played a grand total of two matches or 70 minutes. Last night, in an interview with El Chiringuito, Odriozola talked about the move and Zidane’s thoughts prior to his departure.
“Zidane didn’t want me to leave Madrid when Bayern were interested,” the full back admitted. “He showed me his support in private. It’s appreciated that a figure like his thought more about me than himself. He is a great coach and importantly, a great person.”
Despite leaving in the winter, Odriozola was still adamant about succeeding at Real Madrid. “I have played for Real, I belong to Madrid and I am on loan at Bayern. Among my dreams is to succeed in Madrid. I really like to dream,” he told the show. “I have fulfilled almost all my dreams and among those I have left is to succeed in Madrid”.
Reports have indicated that Sevilla still remain interested in securing Odriozola’s services this summer, given the age of their current starting right-back, Jesus Navas (34). Real Madrid will need to decide on either keeping two players out of Odriozola, Achraf, and Carvajal. This will leave the club with the option to either sell or loan the odd man out. Most see Odriozola as the odd man out, but a successful loan move could increase his chances at potentially succeeding at Real Madrid in the future.