MADRID Spain (Xinhua) --
Spain defender Alvaro Odriozola has joined Real
Madrid on a six-year deal, Real Madrid announced on its official
website on Thursday.
travelled with the Spanish national team to the Russia World Cup
but did not play, is a former player of the Basque team Real
“Real Madrid and
Real Sociedad have agreed the transfer of Alvaro Odriozola”, the
club said, adding that “the player has signed a contract with
the club for the next six seasons”.
Local media reported
that the figure resulted from the agreement amounted to 30
right-back has made 35 La Liga appearances for Real Sociedad in
the 2107/18 campaign and made his European debut when playing
six times in the Europa League.
describes him as “one of the continent’s most promising young
defenders”, adding that he is “a right-back known for his
This is the first
signing announced by Real Madrid for the next season.
Martinez brushes aside talk of Spain interest
Paul Giblin MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has brushed away
suggestions that he is the favorite to replace Julen Lopetegui
as the next coach of the Spain national football team.
replaced on a temporary basis by Fernando Hierro for Spain’s
World Cup campaign, but the search is on for a long-term
boss Luis Enrique has been mentioned as a candidate, as have
Quique Sanchez Flores and Michel Gonzalez, but Spanish radio
station Cadena Ser on Wednesday night said that Martinez was the
favorite candidate of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)
President, Luis Rubiales.
Speaking on the
radio network, Martinez, who spent much of his playing career
and all of his coaching career in England before taking over
with Belgium, said he hadn’t expected to be linked with the
post. “They don’t know me very well in Spain and I would be
surprised to get a call from the national team,” he said.
that he didn’t have a buy-out clause in his current contract
with Belgium and that the “only thing I am focused on is playing
Brazil” [in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday].
Martinez signed a
new contract to lead Belgium to the 2020 European Championships
and said he lived “from project to project” and that in football
“you can only look at the present.” He also went on to say
that he needs to be involved in a project where the focus is
“beyond whether you win one or two games.”
Given that the RFEF
sacked Lopetegui for negotiating with Real Madrid shortly after
signing a new contract, if they are looking to sign a coach who
himself only two months ago renewed his contract, it could
reflect poorly on the organization.