Spanish Full-Back Odriozola Expresses Happiness with La Viola

Although the Spanish international is required to return to Real Madrid at the end of his loan spell this season, Alvaro Odriozola has hinted at the possibility of staying with Fiorentina as he expressed his happiness to be a part of La Viola.

Since arriving at the beginning of the season on a one-year loan from Los Blancos, the Spanish full-back has played a pivotal role for Fiorentina as he made 21 appearances for Italiano’s side, scoring one goal and providing one assist for his new club.

Ahead of Fiorentina’s clash with Juventus in the first leg of the semi finals of the Coppa Italia, the 26 year-old full-back spoke to Tuttosport about his feelings regarding Dusan Vlahovic’s departure to the Bianconeri in January: “We know Vlahovic well, which could be good for him and us. He is a phenomenon, but we have the quality to mark him.

“I admit that I didn’t expect to see him leave in January, but these things must be accepted. He gave his all until he stayed here, he has the technical qualities to become like Benzema or Lewandowski.

“He has the ambition to become the No.1 in the world. Now we have two great strikers in Piatek and Cabral, who have already scored six goals. They are doing well and Fiorentina made an excellent choice.”

Furthermore, the Spanish defender mentioned how feels about his current experience at the Stadio Artemio Franchi within the Serie A: “I am enjoying the present without thinking about the future. We’ll understand what to do at the right time.

“I am delighted to be here and I want to clarify that I don’t miss the big stages. I am happy here, I feel at home, in a wonderful city, and have fun playing with this team. The Coppa Italia would be my Champions League.

“Our coach is really strong. His ideas are the key to continue improving. I don’t know which one has been our best game, maybe the 6-0 win against Genoa and not only because I scored. Not even with Real Madrid, I ever won with a similar result. In that match, we did exactly what our coach had asked. It was where we showed his idea of football.”