Zinedine Zidane is having to decide which players Real Madrid will sell or keep this summer and one of his biggest headaches comes at the right-back position.
Given that there will be no signings at Los Blancos this summer, the French coach will have to look inside the club for a player to act as back-up for Dani Carvajal. And there are two options: Alvaro Odriozola or Lucas Vazquez.
The first joined Real Madrid in 2018 with the mission of making Carvajal‘s life difficult, but he struggled to assert himself and ended up leaving for Bayern Munich on loan after a year and a half of limited game time.
Odriozola will not be remaining at Bayern, however, so he will return to the Spanish capital and try to resolve his future once the German side’s participation in the Champions League is over.
The other option is Lucas, who is not a natural right-back but ended up playing there at times in the second half of this season.
In fact, after playing some good minutes in LaLiga Santander in that position, he ended up coming on as a right-back in the latter stages of the Champions League defeat to Manchester City in England but was unable to help Los Blancos find the goals they needed.
Zidane‘s decision will be based on the sporting and financial needs of the club.
If it were up to the coach, Lucas would be the chosen one without hesitation because the Galician has never let him down and he values the loyalty he has shown during the four years in which they have coincided.
The Frenchman also thinks highly of Odriozola, but he didn’t like the fact that he decided to leave for Bayern in the middle of the season.
Zidane has opened the doors to him and has followed him closely in Germany, but the coach has always been of the belief that you should begin and finish a season with the same players and, in the case of Odriozola, that didn’t happen because the player asked to leave.
But the economic factor relating to Lucas and Odriozola could play an important role, too.
Real Madrid need to sell fringe members of the squad to generate funds and any offer for either of these two players will be examined and evaluated carefully.
Arsenal are one of the teams that have taken an interest in Lucas, while Odriozola still has plenty of admirers, despite his lack of minutes at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Both want to play
Odriozola and Lucas both want to know what role they will have with Zidane next year.
The Basque full-back wants to play regularly and that’s why he left last January, given that he had only played five games – four in LaLiga Santander and one in the Champions League – between August and January.
For Lucas, he wants to feel like he is an important member of the squad.
In the 2019/20 season, he played less due to injury, featuring in just 23 games in all competitions.
That is the least he has played since Zidane became head coach, but Lucas knows that the Frenchman will always give him a chance and he could now find a role as a right-back, albeit in the shadow of Carvajal.
The competition Lucas has in terms of wingers is now too great, so neither option is ideal for him really.
This debate of Odriozola vs Lucas is taking place at Real Madrid at the moment and what’s clear is that there can only be one winner.
The duel of two players who were in the Spain squad at the World Cup in Russia just two years ago…