Real Madrid ‘won’t even consider’ letting Martin Odegaard leave for Arsenal permanently … while the Norwegian star is’ still determined to succeed ‘with Spanish giants in HUGE blow to Gunners’ transfer hopes
- Martin Odegaard has shone for Arsenal since being loaned out by Real Madrid
- The Gunners will be desperate to make his loan deal permanent this summer
- But Madrid wants to keep the Norwegian, in a huge blow to Arsenal’s hopes
- However, much depends on who the Real Madrid manager will be in the summer
Martin Odegaard has a return to Real Madrid firmly on his mind, despite shining and enjoying regular playing time at Arsenal, it is reported.
The Norway captain has received high praise since moving to the Gunners for his all-round displays and brilliant ability to match attacking behavior – with his performance in the thrilling 3-3 draw at West Ham being his best yet.
But Arsenal’s hopes of getting Odegaard on a permanent deal after the season seem to have taken a huge blow, as Madrid ‘isn’t even considering’ a permanent sale of the midfielder, said. Mark
Martin Odegaard has shone for Arsenal since being loaned out by Real Madrid in January
The report claims that the Spanish giants still consider the No. 10 a fundamental part of their team going forward, despite his lack of playing time in the capital.
And in a further blow to the Gunners, Odegaard is reportedly still determined to succeed in Madrid.
Before Odegaard returns, however, he wants clarity about the management situation and to know who is in the dug-out in the summer with question marks about Zinedine Zidane’s future.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has struggled to gain Zidane’s trust and found it hard to get playing time after being loaned out to Heerenveen, Vitesse, Sociedad and now Arsenal.
Odegaard wants to answer about what the Madrid manager wants from him in the future and what role he might play in the team.
However, Odegaard is still determined to succeed at Madrid, according to reports from Spain
Odegaard’s future likely depends on what happens to Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane (left)
But for now, Odegaard – who is very happy at Arsenal after enjoying regular minutes – is desperate to end the season at a high level with the Gunners before making a concrete decision about his future.
Despite a turbulent season in North London, Arsenal are still fighting to win the Europa League, which would provide them with a route to the Champions League next season.
The Gunners will face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals and could potentially face Premier League foes Manchester United in the final after being separated in the draw.
Mikel Arteta will ask Odegaard to play a key role between now and the end of the season.
It will be a huge blow to Mikel Arteta when Odegaard returns to Madrid for good
However, Arsenal suffered an injury scare on Wednesday after Odegaard left injured during Norway’s World Cup qualifier over Gibraltar after having twisted his ankle earlier in the first half.
But the manager of Norway announced after the game that Odegaard would have to recover in time to face Turkey on Saturday.
‘I have great hope that Martin will be fit for the match against Turkey on Saturday. Not a serious injury, ”said Stale Solbakken.
Odegaard himself also allayed the Gunners’ concerns by adding, “I’ve twisted my ankle, but I think I’ll be fit for the game against Turkey.”