Alvaro Arbeloa is fed up at Real Madrid and wants to leave the Bernabeu before Monday’s transfer deadline passes. The Spain international is reportedly being considered by both Chelsea and Napoli.
This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who understand that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has lost confidence in the 31-year-old former Liverpool defender.
Arbeloa unhappy at the Bernabeu
Arbeloa was substituted in the second half of Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Cordoba on Monday for Daniel Carvajal, who is already considered the first-choice right-back at the Bernabeu.
Ancelotti defended his decision to bring off Arbeloa, citing tactical reasons, but the player was also whistled by pockets of the Real Madrid supporters - possibly because of his troublesome relationship with goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
A video emerged last week which appeared to show Arbeloa snubbing Casillas, who will always be a hero in the eyes of the Real Madrid supporters, before the Spanish Super Cup tie against Atletico Madrid - despite embracing the rest of his teammates.
Arbeloa was one of the few Real Madrid players who supported Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese coach’s difficult final months at the Bernabeu, with Casillas firmly on the other side of the divide.
Arbeloa’s position at the Bernabeu is beginning to look increasingly untenable - and the player is keen to secure a move elsewhere within the next five days.
Chelsea could consider Arbeloa
Mourinho might consider the idea of bringing Arbeloa to Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard already has two years of Premier League experience under his belt, and would be a useful back-up option for Branislav Ivanovic, who has enjoyed a blistering start to the 2014/15 campaign.
Ivanovic was expected to lose his right-back spot to Cesar Azpilicueta, following the arrival of left-back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, but the Serbia international has arguably been Chelsea’s best player at the start of the this new season.
Napoli also keen
Another potential option for Arbeloa could be a move to Napoli, where his former manager at Liverpool, Rafael Benitez, is currently in charge.
Napoli travel to Athletic Bilbao this evening for the second leg of their Champions League play-off qualifier - and Arbeloa could be put off joining the Serie A club if they fail to advance to the group stages of European football’s most lucrative club competition.
But with just days to go before the summer transfer window closes, Arbeloa will need to make a quick decision in order to secure a move away from Real Madrid.