Carlo Ancelotti has mostly worked with a limited squad during his second stint at Real Madrid and considering that, he has done a fantastic. The club have won all three major competitions as well as the Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana since the Italian’s somewhat surprising return in the summer of 2021. Before that, he was managing Everton in the Premier League and it had looked like his managerial career was fading away from the spotlight.
Despite the lack of depth, Ancelotti has been able to get the best out of his squad. And while the 2022/23 campaign might not have been a major success, it is hard to think of many managers who would have done better under similar circumstances.
Although there is clearly a lack of options at Real Madrid right now, there are still some players who have not been able to break into Ancelotti’s plans. Two names who fall under that category are Alvaro Odriozola and Jesus Vallejo.
As reported by Cadena SER, Anton Meana said:
"“Vallejo and Odriozola do not count for Ancelotti and they have known it since last year. Odriozola could leave, but Vallejo wants to stay.”"
Two Real Madrid players not in Ancelotti’s plans
Vallejo plays as a centre-back and he is behind the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Nacho Fernandez, Eder Militao and David Alaba in the pecking order. Thus, it is hard to see him getting much playing time even next season and it does come as a surprise that he wants to stay on at the club.
On the other hand, Odriozola is a right-back and to be honest, one would have expected him to get more playing time than he has. Dani Carvajal is nowhere near the player that he was in his prime and Real Madrid have no genuine back-up either.
If rumours are accurate then Odriozola is closing in on a return to Real Soceidad this summer. And at this point of time, parting ways seems to make sense for both parties.