'There’s no doubt': Spurs icon makes claim about Odegaard joining Arsenal permanently
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'There’s no doubt': Glenn Hoddle makes claim about Martin Odegaard joining Arsenal permanently

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Tottenham Hotspur icon Glenn Hoddle has had his say on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s plans to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal in the summer.

The Norwegian joined us on loan until the end of the season last month. He is yet to start a game for us, but his cameo against Aston Villa on Saturday raised the excitement levels among Gunners supporters.

Arsenal don’t have a clause inserted in his loan deal that allows us to buy him permanently in the summer. We are expected to sit down with Real Madrid and decide what’s best for all parties, but Hoddle believes that Arsenal have some sort of agreement in place already to sign him if he impresses.

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He said on his The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show podcast: “I don’t think they were 100 per cent convinced that he’d adapt to the Premier League. I think it’s the shrewdest way of looking at it from Arsenal’s point of view.

“If he pulls the trees up. If he’s unbelievable and plays really, really well, they’ll have an option of some sort to buy him. There’s no doubt about that. Arsenal are in a process. They’re not the finished article. There’s a rebuild going on there.”

Do Arsenal have a chance to sign Odegaard permanently?

Eurosport reported last week that Odegaard will be more than happy to join Arsenal permanently – but only if Zinedine Zidane is still at the helm at Real Madrid.

It is believed that the Norwegian is fed up of the Galacticos boss and he has no interest in playing under him after how he was treated at the Spanish capital earlier in the season.

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That should give Arsenal a huge boost if we really are keen to sign him, but Zidane’s position at Real Madrid isn’t fully secure.

The Whites are currently third in the table – eight points below league leaders Atletico Madrid who also have a game in hand over their city rivals.

If Zidane can’t get the best out of his side in the second half of the campaign, he might well be shown the door. That could tempt Odegaard to return to the Bernabeu and try to impress whoever replaces the legendary Frenchman.

That would end Arsenal’s dreams of signing him permanently but the best thing now for all parties would be to see Odegaard play out of his skin to help us achieve our goals this season. We can worry about the rest later.

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