According to reports in Spain, Real Madrid are annoyed by a statement recently made by Martin Odegaard, currently on loan at Arsenal.
Odegaard made his first start for the Gunners in the 4-2 triumph over Leeds United on Saturday. He played a good game as a No.10, behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang upfront, with Emile Rowe Smith and Bukayo Saka on either flank, before being replaced in the 77th minute by Mohamed Elneny as manager Mikel Arteta sought to provide some additional defensive stability to his team late on. The 22-year-old Norwegian is said to have adapted very quickly to what Arteta expects of him, as well as to life in London.
Speaking recently to Norwegian station TV2, Odegaard was asked about his future and refused to rule out a permanent switch to the Emirates at the end of the season.
“You never know what happens, but first of all my focus is about the rest of the season,” he said. “Hopefully help the team, and then we’ll see what happens.”
These words seem to have angered his parent club, who apparently have no intention of selling him this summer and still see him as an important part of their future.
Nonetheless, it has been reported, even before Odegaard’s interview, that Arsenal and Real would sit down to discuss such a deal when the current loan expires. The same was said about Dani Ceballos.
It could, of course, be that the 13-time European champions have changed their mind about the prospect. But given their situation regarding the squad, the number of fringe players and the state of their finances, it’s far more likely that the media in Spain are simply making noise, refusing to accept the fact that there are actually players who start shining and feel happy when they leave the clutches of one of their top clubs, and that Real would be quite pleased to part ways with Odegaard for a suitable fee, as well as Ceballos.