Martin Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan until the end of this season from Real Madrid last month.
The Norwegian is one of the most talented young players in world football, and there aren’t many clubs who would reject an opportunity to sign him – either on loan or on a permanent deal.
Arsenal’s deal with Real Madrid does not include an option to buy Odegaard in the summer. However, the two clubs will sit down to discuss the 22-year-old’s future, and if a latest report is to be believed, there is a good chance we can sign him.
Eurosport claim today that Odegaard will gladly join Arsenal permanently if Zinedine Zidane is still at the helm at Real Madrid.
The Frenchman kept Odegaard away from his side this term despite his brilliant performances out on loan last season. That has truly annoyed the Norwegian, and he doesn’t ever want to play under Zidane again.
Arsenal and Arteta would love to keep hold of Odegaard beyond the end of this season, especially if he fares well in the coming months. However, Zidane’s job isn’t really secure at the moment.
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The Galacticos are currently 10 points below league leaders Atletico Madrid, who have played a game less. Real Madrid are also out of the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa Espana, and their form in the Champions League group stages was woeful as well.
Florentino Perez has made big calls with his managers when things haven’t gone well in the past. There is no reason why he will shy away this time, especially if things don’t improve in the coming weeks.
If Zidane is gone, Odegaard might choose to try his luck under a new manager at the Bernabeu. That would make it difficult for us to keep hold of him beyond the end of the season, but all we can do now is hope he performs brilliantly as long as he’s here.