Pulse on the side

Pulse on the side

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11 Jul 2022
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Two men and one position. With Carvajal sporting a meritorious tag as undisputed, it remains to be seen who will be Real Madrid’s ‘other right-back’ this season: Vinicius Tobias or Odriozola. The pulse on paper is so close that Ancelotti has advocated a Solomonic decision: that both go to the preseason and the United States, the home of the brave (as their anthem says), examine them . Paulista and easonense began working on July 8, when the players who had not had international commitments after the final in Paris passed the medical tests and set foot on the Valdebebas pitch for the first time this year. Since then,Tobias and Odriozola sweat and dream together. Ancelotti will have to decide.


And in this balance the Brazilian has a handicap : to obtain that vacancy, he would need a non-community place to be released . That is to say, that Vinicius receives dual nationality at once; something he’s been waiting months for. It is expected in the short term, almost imminent, but there is no exact date on when it will be and Madrid cannot do anything about it, just wait. Meanwhile, Tobias will continue at Castilla , working under Raúl, with whom he already played four games last season. He arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk, a consequence of the outbreak of the war in Ukraine and an extraordinary FIFA rule, through which clubs were allowed to sign up to two players who played in the Ukrainian or Russian leagues.Madrid chose Tobias, who is on loan until the end of this season. His purchase option is 10 million, plus another 10 in ‘bonus’. To explode, to convince Ancelotti, it would be a remarkably low figure for a right-back who is only 18 years old, a world ahead. One option that Madrid would have on the table, if they opted for Tobias, would be to start the season with Carvajal-Lucas Vázquez as full-backs, a formula that has shown profitability over the years, and once Vinicius’ dual nationality arrived, open him up the door definitively to the lane of São Paulo .


But Odriozola , healthy, wants to deny him that place. Madrid signed him in the summer of 2018 in exchange for 32 million; He signed the Spanish right-back with the most projection of the moment, a footballer who had just played 3,435 minutes with Real Sociedad and had just been called up by La Roja for the World Cup in Russia, where he ultimately did not play a minute. After a year and a half without finishing taking the job, he went on loan for six months to Bayern Munich , where everything went even worse: he only played five games of that football without an audience due to the pandemic, and with ‘residual’ minutes, to add 179′ in total. After returning to Madrid and enjoying just 958 ′ throughout the season, he made a decision: to go out on loan again.  And so he left, last season, for Fiorentina . In Florence he has begun to meet again, to smile, to enjoy football. He has played 1,866 minutes, spread over 27 games. In addition to scoring a goal and giving an assist. Upward performance, positive feelings. Such that Madrid itself has decided to offer him a third chance: he will do the preseason with the team and has serious options to stay this year. At 26 years old, he has a contract until 2024. The club’s idea is that he be the one to stay, having many more integers than Tobias. But the pulse is served and a summer can disrupt many plans.The Brazilian wants to hit the table; Odriozola, go back to being the one from 2017. The position will be for one.

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