Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero has shared how Real Madrid president Florentino Perez views the Martin Odegaard situation amid Arsenal links.
The Norwegian forced his way out of the Spanish capital in January in search of regular game time. He moved to Arsenal on a six-month loan deal and became an instant hit among supporters.
Odegaard finished the campaign with just two goals and two assists in an Arsenal shirt. That seems underwhelming on paper, but he was brilliant and it is no surprise now that we want him back.
The Athletic revealed recently that Odegaard is Arteta’s priority target this summer. Arsenal are trying really hard to bring him back, but if Montero is to be believed, Perez has ‘a lot of trust and a lot of confidence’ in the Norwegian.
Montero: Perez thinks Martin Odegaard is the future of Real Madrid
He told Sky Sports yesterday: “I believe that the president has a lot of trust and a lot of confidence in the player. They count on him. If I had to bet, I would say Martin Odegaard should stay in Real Madrid.
“But now let’s think what Carlo Ancelotti believes, what the president believes, and if there is an economical opportunity, maybe, they could accept another year’s loan.
“But inside the club, they believe he is the future. He has now reached a good age and a good moment in football in his legs, so I believe he is going to stay with Real Madrid.”
The Insider’s View:
The one thing we all know is that Arsenal really want to bring Odegaard back. Edu and Arteta are trying really hard to get this deal done, but if it was up to Perez, the Norwegian will not be going anywhere.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as the new Real Madrid boss could open the door for Arteta to get his man. The legendary Italian was at the helm when the Galacticos signed Odegaard, and he hasn’t kept the fact that he doesn’t fancy him a secret. (Read here)
If Ancelotti’s stance hasn’t changed, Odegaard will surely want to leave Madrid this summer. That’ll make Arsenal the favourites to sign him, either permanently or on another loan deal.