Real Sociedad Not Ready to Let Odriozola join Real Madrid

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Real Sociedad’s Alvaro Odriozola has been consistently linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the club’s sporting director Lorenzo Juarros claims that Real Sociedad have no intention of selling the player for anything lower than his buyout clause. The incredible form shown by Odriozola so far this season has been ramping up the transfer speculation. It is reported that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has identified Odriozola as a great player who can improve the Madrid squad, which has come under fire for a large set of mediocre performances this season.

Spanish football has buyout clauses for most of the players and Real Sociedad’s sporting director is adamant that the club will not sell Odriozola for anything less than his buyout clause. It is reported that the release clause for the player currently stands at a whopping € 40 million. The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Real Sociedad and has featured in 12 appearances for the team this season. In these two league appearances, he has contributed four goals as assists. Even though he is yet to open his scoring record, the impact that he has had on the team is quite evident. The right-sided midfielder has a contract with Real Sociedad until 2022, thus putting the club in a strong position with regard to negotiating any transfer fee.

"If [Real] Madrid want Odriozola, they will have to meet his clause and the player will have to want to leave. Before you had to play 150 games to get on MARCA's front page and now with two games like the ones Alvaro has played [he made headlines]. We hope that information isn't true," said Lorenzo Juarros. Even though Real Sociedad are going by the book, the club may not be able to stop the player from making a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu if he desires the same.