Mariano, Asensio, Odriozola and Hazard cling to Real Madrid
Real Madrid, its leaders, are not at all clear about the possible departure of those players who have been told by offices for so long that it is best to seek, hear and accept any offers they may receive. Time is running out and Mariano, Asensio and Odriozola are clinging, taking advantage of their right to continue in the white club and searching for the opportunity they hope to get.
Last minute rumors emerge, but in many cases without a solid foundation. All three benefit from the contract and as such the club will respect their decision. They know they are not going to have a good time playing it. There is a room like Hazard who would have found all possible facilities to leave, but one day after closing he did not use it. As is. And his look, with the World Cup looming on the horizon, is not at all rosy.
Their feeling about Valdebebas is that everyone will continue. In fact, calls from clubs asking about players' statuses have been minimal. B
arring an unexpected last-minute twist, no exit is expected. On this occasion, they were more outspoken than ever in the message, but leaving Real Madrid costs a lot. Logical.
Those who rule the white club provide an example of what happened with Bale, Isco and Marcelo, their uncomfortable situation throughout the season and the step they took in their sporting present. A year without playing was hardly the passport to travel to Los Angeles for the Welshman, and sign with Sevilla, but he drastically reduced the amount of the contract in the case of the man from Malaga and in the case of Marcelo, only to find himself without a team a day afterwards. The market is closing.
The message that three of them received (Odriozola was injured) in the match against Espanyol was strong. Zero minutes with the match tied until the 86th minute. Ancelotti did not use Mariano, Asensio and Hazard at any point despite the fact that the match result was not on track until overtime. Their status did not matter as attackers. The text was straightforward, at least until the market closed. Something else will be completely different the moment the transfer can't be made to take effect, i.e. Friday at 00:01.
Not one euro to transfer
They are all independent cases. They do not have much to do each with his circumstances. The most frequent case over time is that of Mariano. In recent seasons, Real Madrid's leaders have tried to make him see that they do not count on him, but the striker did not pay much attention to him. On this occasion, they went a step further and did not claim, at any point in the market, to receive any amount of money for their transfer. At the beginning of the transfer period, he showed some indications of his intention to leave, but the truth is that the final payment did not come from anywhere, despite knowing that he would hardly play and that Real Madrid did not ask for euros for his transfer. .
waiting for his moment
It was said about Odriozola that Real Sociedad was in Madrid to negotiate the winger's return, but no one contacted Valdebebas' offices on behalf of the San Sebastian side. Fiorentina and Nottingham did on their day. The side assures that its time will come sooner or later. This isn't the first time he's been in a similar situation. With Zidane in the 2021 winter market, he was one step away from leaving and in the end he ended up playing a lot.
Asensio's case responds to the club's strategy. They decided not to make an offer to renew the contract, which expires on June 30, 2023, and since then they have thought that the best thing for him is to find a place in another team. The team's third place in the team's top scorer list last season was not a sufficient argument to ensure its continuity.
Attention from first-class teams
The meetings took place in the past few hours. Last week, Asensio knocked on the club's doors and sent him the same message again. The striker still believes in his chances and although he had some doubts in the final hours, he insists he can put up a fight and turn the situation around. Top-tier teams demanded, but his decision goes beyond terminating the contract and having the freedom to choose it. He believes he can continue to play an important role at Real Madrid.
Hazard has shown his willingness to change. And so it was, but his problem is that he now has four or five players in front of him. The transformation wasn't so great that Ancelotti questioned it. The doors were open, but he decided to close them.