A report in Spain has claimed that Renan Lodi was keen to return to Atletico Madrid from Nottingham Forest. The 24-year-old signed terms on a season-long loan at the City Ground back in August and has been considered a regular in Steve Cooper’s team.
Lodi was viewed as a stellar addition. He checked in as a La Liga title-winning wing-back and a player who has made appearances for Brazil in the past. Indeed, during the international break prior to the World Cup, Lodi was named in Tete’s squad.
But it seems as though the player might have fancied a way out. The request won’t be sanctioned given that Forest have paid £5 million to take him on loan for the 2022/23 campaign and the defender will need to see out his contract.
Lodi has looked okay in some of the games he’s played in. Interestingly prior to the World Cup, he looked really good in games against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The player has come under fire from some supporters. He has been given some tough games, with Harvey Barnes running him ragged against Leicester for example.
But, he’s still the club’s best left-sided wing-back and he will grow as a player. Lodi is still adapting to life in the Premier League and Cooper will help him overcome any problems he might have.
Lodi wants Atletico return
It’s unclear just how accurate or reliable this report is. Lodi won’t be going anywhere in January unless Forest are reimbursed and it seems unlike that Atletico will do that.
Interestingly, the Reds might have done something to help him settle. Gustavo Scarpa has checked in from Palmeiras and having a fellow Brazilian in the squad might be useful.
Lodi will get better. He looks very handy during his last couple of outings before the World Cup and perhaps he’s still smarting a little after not being called up by his country.
The player has top level experience and that could be crucial as the Reds aim to avoid relegation this season.