Bayern Munich has officially announced what the reports from Bild reported yesterday, Alvaro Odriozola has signed for Die Roten in a 6-month loan deal.
The San Sebastian native, who joined local-club Real Sociedad at the age of 10, moved to the Spanish capital and Real Madrid in 2018 for a reported €30 million. Success at Los Blancos was limited, Odriozola only managed to play 18 league games for the club, four coming this season. Zinedine Zidane made it clear that he preferred the Real Madrid youth-graduate, Dani Carvajal.
Hence, Odriozola has now officially decided to try his luck elsewhere and will join his first non-Spanish club in his career. According to Bild’s sources, there is no option to buy in the contract.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke to fcbayern.com about the transfer:
Following internal discussions, we agreed to follow the wishes of head coach Hansi Flick in strengthening the defence and decided to go for Álvaro Odriozola. We are delighted about the signing and thank Real Madrid for the friendly and cooperative talks.
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić added:
We are convinced Alvaro Odriozola will help our team with his qualities. I am very happy we’ve found a full-back like him.
Odriozola was first capped by his country in October 2017 and has played a total of four games in which he scored one goal. Due to the new revision in rules, Odriozola won’t be ‘cup-tied’ and will be able to compete for Bayern in the Champions League even though he has played for Real Madrid in the current edition of the campaign.
Odriozola will wear the number 2 shirt.