Odegaard speaks out
Norwegian international Martin Odegaard spent the last second half of the season on loan at Arsenal and, given his recent form, there were no doubt hopes he could remain beyond the end of 2020/21. But his recent comments will have likely done little to fuel those hopes.
Odegaard spoke to the media whilst away on international duty and reaffirmed that he ‘is a Real Madrid player’.
He also thanked the departed Zinedine Zidane of whom he failed to earn regular game time.
Martin Ødegaard reluctant to speak about his future, but says he has “been on loan and have a contract with Real Madrid.”
He thanks Zinedine Zidane and reaffirms that it is “not ideal” to change teams as much as he has done the last years. Seeks “stability”. pic.twitter.com/KjSFmkWhrq
— Arilas Ould-Saada (@arilasos) June 1, 2021
Could he still sign for Arsenal?
This ‘stability’ that he seeks is in the form of a permanent and consistent position at a club. Arsenal appear to be able to offer that and Mikel Arteta has spoken highly of the Norwegian international.
“Well we have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do. He’s not our player. We’ll have discussions in the next few weeks, but first of all we need to respect that he’s a Real Madrid player. We’ll have those communications,” said Arteta.
“We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done, and he has adapted really well to our way of playing and to our football club. Hopefully we have given him the hope and the feeling that this could be a good place for him.”
The ‘very clear and strong opinion’ makes it seem that Arteta has put him as the club’s priority and there are other reports to support this theory.
The Athletic claims that the Norwegian is indeed the club’s ‘No. 1 target’ but links with other players suggest they could still look elsewhere.
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