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Alvaro Odriozola told he is not a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans

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The fullback has a contract until 2024, but has been asked to leave the club.

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Alvaro Odriozola has been told he is not a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, according to a report from Onda Cero. The club has communicated this message directly to the player. Odriozola and his agent are already looking for a new destination with both Milan clubs — Inter and AC — reportedly interested in the defender. Real Madrid would need an offer of €18 million just to break even on the €35 million transfer from 2018. If Real Madrid can afford to wait on the transfer fee, then a loan with an option to buy for €12 million could be another solution.

It seems the three year renewal of Lucas Vazquez has directly impacted the role Odriozola could play next season. After impressing for the majority of the 2020-2021 campaign in an unfamiliar right back role, Lucas Vazquez pushed Odriozola further down the pecking order. Now a third choice right back, the defender from San Sebastian makes a hefty €6.70 million annually (*Note: Salary numbers above are not official. Numbers were pulled together based on reports from Sportekz and Salary Sport). Real Madrid have likely prioritized getting those wages off the books. At the current moment in time, Odriozola’s reported salary is not justified given his role within the team.

The Italian clubs are the only rumored interest, but the Premier League or even the Basque clubs in La Liga (Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad) could come calling. “The Flash” as Odriozola has been so adeptly nicknamed, still has the raw qualities to make a good fullback, but may not have found the right home in Real Madrid. The player, the club, and his agent will look to find a solution before the window shuts.