Álvaro Odriozola (26 years old) will return to the white discipline next summer. The side, who this season is triumphing in the ranks of Fiorentina, he will return once his assignment in the painting ends violawith the firm intention that he be part of the squad in the 2022-23 campaign. Within the Madrid entity, they seek to strengthen the right side for the future. Without going further, this season up to three players have acted in that demarcation: Carvajal (he has participated in 15 games in all competitions on the right wing), Lucas Vázquez (Carvajal’s regular substitute, he has done it 21 times) and Nacho, who has done it in a dozen games.
It is striking that the theoretical starting right-back (Carvajal) has played less than his substitute (Lucas Vázquez). The continuous muscle injuries of the Leganés incite to look for a natural relief. That is where the figure of Odriozola appears. The winger finished congealing in the Madrid ranks in the final days of last season, participating in the last nine games (he started six of them) and scoring two goals (against Cádiz and Granada).
This summer, a break when contracting COVID kept him from continuing to wear white. A conversation with Ancelotti motivated him to seek more minutes away from the Bernabéu. After having been at Bayern in the 2019-20 campaign where he barely had minutes (180 in total), It has been in Italy where he has regained his vertical, offensive game and where he himself has found his ecosystem: he has earned the love and admiration of the Fiorentina fans.
Brahim, Kubo, Mayoral…
Apart from Odriozola, Real Madrid is closely following four other players with a view to their future plans. They are Brahim, who also plays for Italian football, striker Borja Mayoral, and midfielders Reinier and Kubo.
Brahim (Milan). Like Odriozola, the young talent from Malaga is making the most of his time in Italian football. He has 29 appearances (among all competitions), with four goals and four assists. His influence is such that in the derby against Inter, his appearance on the pitch helped Milan turn the score around.
Borja Mayoral (Getafe). He has arrived in this winter market from Roma, where Mourinho put the cross on him after a tough defeat against Bodo/Glimt from Norway (6-1). He only played 249 minutes with the Giallorosa team, scoring one goal. In Getafe, Quique has given him confidence and he has returned it with three goals in five games…
Kubo (Mallorca). The small Japanese midfielder has recovered from a meniscal injury that kept him out of the game for two months. He has come back with a vengeance: his was the winning goal against Atlético at the Wanda with time already up.
Reinier (Dortmund). The Brazilian is the one who is contributing the least to his team, Borussia: he has barely played 284 minutes in 13 games (he has only completed an entire one against Ingolstadt). He has not scored or assisted. Flamengo, his old team, wants to get him on loan.
This season he has played 1,504 minutes in 21 games, with a goal scored (against Genoa) and an assist (against Spezia). But His offensive and defensive performances have made him one of the most loved players on the viola team. What’s more, Fiorentina made their physical data public during the month of December: in 306 minutes of play they had traveled an average of 11.6 kilometers per game, at an average speed of 7.8 km/h and with a maximum speed of 33 km/h
Fully adapted to the capital of Tuscany, The Italian entity would like to keep him, but for now Madrid’s intentions are for him to return next season. With a contract until 2024, Odriozola is fully focused on finishing in the best possible way: qualifying la Fiore for Europe (marching in seventh position, one point from the positions that give access to continental tournaments) and fight in the Coppa, where they will face Juventus in the semifinals. Odriozola will have a new opportunity to succeed in white. He promised his family…