The managerial merry-go-round in Europe has taken another turn now as Carlo Ancelotti has returned to Spain to take over Real Madrid.
That is a massive blow for Everton, who have had the legendary Italian at the forefront of all their plans – both on and off the pitch.
The Toffees’ loss is set to be Real Madrid’s gain this summer, and the Spanish giants could well be joined by Arsenal as big winners thanks to this deal.
Carlo Ancelotti could help Arsenal sign Martin Odegaard
Arsenal are trying really hard to bring Martin Odegaard back to the Emirates on a permanent deal this summer, with reports claiming that Real Madrid are demanding a staggering £51.5 million transfer fee. (Read more here)
The Norwegian impressed almost everyone during his time here, and he is reportedly Mikel Arteta’s number one target.
Sport revealed a few months ago that Odegaard had made it clear to Real Madrid that he will not return if Zidane was at the helm.
The Frenchman is now gone, which is good news for the 22-year-old. However, if there’s one manager who fancies him less than Zidane did, it’s Ancelotti, who was in charge when Real Madrid signed Odegaard back in 2015.
Carlo Ancelotti: Real Madrid signing Martin Odegaard was PR stunt
In his book titled Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti lashed out at the Galacticos for bringing in a player he didn’t want. He claimed that the club forced him to play Odegaard in the first team and accused the whole move of being a ‘public relations exercise’.
He said, as per Sky Sports: “When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it. Furthermore, the president decided that he would play three games with the first team as a public relations exercise.
“He could be the best player in the world, but I don’t care because he was not a player who I asked for. That signing was to do with PR.”
Boost for Arsenal?
It’s clear that Ancelotti didn’t fancy Odegaard back then, but that might not be the case anymore. However, could the Italian’s past comments have ruined the relationship between the pair?
If Odegaard had problems with Zidane for not giving him a chance last season, there’s enough reason to believe that he doesn’t quite have the trust that he needs from Ancelotti either.
That could tempt him to look for a move elsewhere, and what better place than Arsenal. He has claimed that he loves it here at the Emirates and Mikel Arteta fully trusts him. That’s everything he can possibly ask for, and that could convince him to force his way back this summer.