Real Madrid have now closed the first big signing for the next season. Álvaro Odriozola will join the club for the next six seasons. Los Blancos will pay €30M plus other €5M depending on the goals set in the contract to Real Sociedad. Odriozola is only 22 years old and he has already played in the national team and he even travelled to Russia although he couldn’t play one minute in the World Cup.
Odriozola will be the main competitor for Dani Carvajal, who is the main right back in the squad. Last season, Achraf Hakimi was the second right back, but the Moroccan international is still too young to play at Real Madrid and he will leave on loan this season, probably to Borussia Dortmund, following the steps of Carvajal.
Julen Lopetegui has great reports from Odriozola. Actually, he decided to include him in the list for the World Cup instead of Sergi Roberto, from FC Barcelona, who has more experience. For this reason, Odriozola will enjoy a lot of minutes at Real Madrid and it’s a great signing, continuing with the idea of signing young Spanish players, like Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Vallejo or Ceballos. Also two other young Brazilian players like Vinicius or Rodrygo were signed by the Spanish giants.
Odriozola is a very offensive right back. This year he made a great season with Real Sociedad, his beloved club since he was a child. He played the Europa League with the club and also the whole season with great numbers. Besides, he is quite a good boy, so his period in the Spanish capital should be successful.
Los Blancos didn’t have any problem negotiating with Real Sociedad, a friendly club for Florentino Pérez. Real Madrid signed Asier Illarramendi some years ago as well from Real Sociedad, but hopefully Odriozola is able to succeed at Bernabéu Stadium.