Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola completed his loan move to Bayern Munich on Tuesday and all three parties will be hoping to benefit from the deal.
The former Real Sociedad man’s Bernabéu exit came as somewhat of a surprise given Los Blancos’ lack of like-for-like back-up to Dani Carvajal at right-back but Odriozola should only benefit from more first-team experience at a huge club and a stint in a different footballing environment.
For Bayern, the Bundesliga giants receive a player keen to prove his worth on a regular basis and keen to learn. There is no right-to-buy clause for the summer, leaving all three parties ready to assess the situation come the end of the season.
It’s true that Madrid have taken a risk with only Nacho and Lucas Vázquez ready to fill in should Carvajal be injured or suspended but for Zinedine Zidane, the benefit outweighs the risk.
Los Blancos have used the Bundesliga as a stepping-stone to first team football before, with Carvajal enjoying a superb season with Bayer Leverkusen, while Achraf Hakimi is currently enjoying a loan stint with Borussia Dortmund. Two of Madrid’s potential future right-backs will be battling out in the Bundesliga with two of its biggest teams.
Odriozola is sure to benefit from that competition, as well as what he and Madrid expect will be more regular first team football. With four months to impress in Bavaria, madridistas will be keen to follow the 24-year-old’s progress.