Its been two weeks to the day since Arsenal announced the signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season.
The Norwegian has been in the spotlight ever since he was 15 years old. He moved to Real Madrid at the age of 16 but sadly, he found it extremely difficult to nail down a starting spot.
Odegaard wanted a change of scenery and Arsenal offered him a way out. He is expected to play regularly at the Emirates in the coming months, and if he does, the midfielder wouldn’t be against staying here permanently, according to a report.
What Odegaard has told Real Madrid
Spanish outlet Sport claim that Odegaard has already told Real Madrid that he will not return if Zinedine Zidane is still at the helm.
The Galacticos boss has been pretty harsh with Odegaard. He handed him just once start since December and the Norwegian was given just five minutes of action in January.
Big-money signing Luka Jovic faced a similar issue with the Real Madrid boss and he, like Odegaard, moved out on loan. The Norwegian has no plans of returning to the Bernabeu if Zidane is still there, which opens up an opportunity for Arsenal.
The report claims that Real Madrid could consider selling Odegaard if a good offer arrives in the summer. Zidane will apparently never force him to come back if he doesn’t want to, which is another boost for us.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
It is looking increasingly likely that Odegaard will not return to Real Madrid. The Norwegian will have plenty of clubs lining up for his signature if he makes himself available but Arsenal might have an edge if he plays well in the coming months.
If Mikel Arteta can provide him all the support he needs in the next few months, Odegaard could prefer a permanent move to Arsenal over any other club.
However, he will have to deliver first to convince Edu and co to fork out the big money that we will need to convince Real Madrid to let him leave.