Alvaro Odriozola has revealed that Zinedine Zidane wanted him to stay at Real Madrid instead of joining Bayern Munich on loan. Odriozola left Madrid in January to join Bayern on a six-month loan, yet the right-back still believes that Zidane has confidence in him.
The 24-year-old has been in strict compliance with the quarantine measures implemented in Germany, whilst also keeping up with the news back in Spain, yet Odriozola returned to training with his Bayern team-mates on Monday.
Speaking in an interview, Odriozola explained why he left in January, what his relationship with Zidane is like, and where he sees his future, among other things.
“I have contact with players and club employees and even with the doctors. Zidane is focused,” the right-back told El Chiringuito de Jugones on Wednesday.
? Álvaro Odriozola: “I spoke with Zidane various times before leaving, he showed his confidence and support in me. He was the first person I talked to when Bayern Münich showed interest in me. He didn’t want me to leave and he told me that for the next three days.” pic.twitter.com/qiPrp74CeW
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“When it came to talk about the departure I had several conversation with him and he showed me his support in private when Bayern were interested. Zidane did not want me to leave Madrid. It is appreciated that a figure like his thought more about me than himself. He is a great coach and a great person.”
Odriozola joined Madrid from Real Sociedad for a reported €30 million in July 2018.
A four-time Spain international, he is eager to succeed at Madrid, saying: “I dreamed of being a footballer. I have played for Real, I belong to Madrid and I am on loan at Bayern.
“Among my dreams is to succeed in Madrid. I really like to dream. I have fulfilled almost all my dreams and among those I have left is to succeed in Madrid.”