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'It was my request': Zidane shares what he told Odegaard before he joined Arsenal

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has had his say on Martin Odegaard joining Arsenal on loan until the end of the season.

The Norwegian was frustrated at the Bernabeu after spending more time on the bench than on the pitch. He had played just five minutes of football since the turn of the year and had started only once since the beginning of December.

It seemed clear that Zidane didn’t want him, but the legendary Frenchman has revealed that he requested Odegaard to stay and fight for his place, but the Norwegian decided against it.

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Zidane told Sport: “He wanted to go out, he wanted to play. We talked about it, he is a player who wants to try to play and have a chance elsewhere.

“I knew about Martin, I told him about staying and fighting and having peace of mind because we needed him because it was my request. It wasn’t like that. It is everyone’s decision, the important thing is that he’s happy.”

Well, that’s a surprise. If Zidane really wanted Odegaard to stay, all he had to do was give him more minutes. That didn’t happen and fortunately for us, we were prepared to bring him in.

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Should Arsenal sign Odegaard permanently?

Odegaard is yet to start a game for Arsenal but his 25-minute cameo against Aston Villa showed a lot of promise. He is brilliant on the ball and there is absolutely no question about his quality in the final third.

Arsenal don’t have an option to buy him in the summer inserted in his loan deal. Both clubs will sit down and discuss what’s best for all parties, but Zidane’s comments are worrying.

The Real Madrid boss made it clear that he wanted Odegaard to stay. That opinion might not change in the summer, which would put an end to Arsenal’s dreams of signing him on a permanent deal.

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