Extra life for Odriozola

Achraf's sale to Inter will make it easier for the Donostiarra to return to Madrid. His assignment at Bayern was a fiasco, but Zizou has no natural substitute for Carvajal ...


Fate gives Álvaro Odriozola another chance. Third right-back in Real Madrid's future plans to be seen again as Carvajal's substitute for 2020-21. Achraf's imminent sale to Inter Milan has meant a script twist in which the man from San Sebastián will be able to avoid the fiasco of his six-month loan at Bayern. Suddenly, thanks to the Moroccan's 'no' to return to Madrid, Odriozola once again has a place in Chamartín.

The departure in January of Odriozola direction Munich captured the almost null connection between the side and Zidane, who did not fault to run out of natural substitute for Carvajal. In Germany things did not go as expected and the main problem in the eyes of Madrid with Odriozola is his salary (seven million euros gross per season) in a summer in which the club intends to substantially cut his salary mass to better face the crisis Covid-19.

Bayern himself wanted another right back to compete with Pavard and paradoxically he opted for Achraf, whom he tempted but has failed to convince, among other reasons, for not guaranteeing him ownership. Odriozola was not an alternative for Flick. Although this Bundesliga 2019-20 will be on his record, the fact is that he barely played 153 minutes in it and 7 'in the German Cup. Together with what he had in Madrid before leaving, just 595 minutes this season. Carvajal with all that remains for Madrid to play before closing the course has already had that amount of minutes five times (3,225 '). Odriozola is not counting but will continue in Munich until the end of the season because Bayern still has the Champions League and Madrid has agreed that their loans can stay beyond June 30, which was the end date of the loans.

Without alternatives in 'La Fábrica'

Zidane will have Odriozola again on his staff and he does not have much to choose from in Castilla. Neither Guillem nor Sergio López, the two castillistas, have excelled in the subsidiary this year under Raúl. In fact, the Frenchman did not even want to heal in health after the break with a youth squad of that profile and preferred to go up to the central point guard Javi Hernández and have Nacho as a right back in training. But the injury of the multidisciplinary defender from Complutense has left Madrid having to resort to Mendy with a changed leg in that band when Carva has some problem, as was seen the day of 3-1 at Eibar.

Next season will be a different matter. With Achraf in San Siro and Carvajal as the undisputed starter, something that does not happen in the competitive left wing with Marcelo and Mendy, the role of two substitute (if any) would be in principle for Odriozola. An extra life for the Basque



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