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Odriozola ignoring talk of €40m Real Madrid move

SoccerNews in La Liga 30 May 2018

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Real Sociedad full-back Alvaro Odriozola insists he is not concerned about rumours linking him with a €40million transfer to Real Madrid.

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le 22-year-old has reportedly been a target for Madrid for some months and, according to Marca, has already told Zinedine Zidane’s side that he would be willing to make the move.

However, the player says his sole focus is on preparing for Spain’s World Cup warm-up match against Switzerland on Sunday.

“My future is the national team,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m 22, it’s a dream for me to go to the World Cup. It’s a unique opportunity.

“My future is training tomorrow and the game on Sunday, nothing more.”

Odriozola’s rise to prominence at Sociedad, as a defender and a winger, has been one of the club’s real success stories of the last two seasons.

The 22-year-old, who only made his Spain debut against Albania in October, could even find himself starting their opening World Cup match against Portugal on June 15 if Dani Carvajal is unable to recover in time from a hamstring injury.

“Everything has changed a lot for me in a year and a half,” he explained. “It’s been mad but, as I call it, it’s been a blessed madness.

“I have a privileged environment with my family and friends. The key is to work day to day, to know you have to improve. Trying to work and to sacrifice is what leads you to the beautiful things that are happening to me.”

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