Martin Odegaard’s plea to Real Madrid regarding Arsenal future

Martin Odegaard has sent a plea to Real Madrid as speculation over his future increases.

The Norway international signed for Arsenal in the January transfer window after Mikel Arteta made a creative midfielder a priority.

And the 22-year-old has mostly been a success, except a few hiccups over injuries, and a permanent move has been touted.

The Gunners coach is determined to keep hold of the exciting playmaker but Real Madrid chiefs still hold Odegaard in high esteem.

However, his first-team chances under Zinedine Zidane were far and few between and he does not want to return to the Bernabeu if it means he will have to fend for a spot on the bench.

Arsenal boss Arteta is desperate to keep hold of Odegaard

Odegaard is happy at Arsenal, where he is a key player and is trusted by his manager, and is happy to stay on a permanent basis.

But the Norweigan wants to know if he has a future at Real Madrid before making a decision.

He told Sky Germany: “I am happy here at Arsenal, but we will see after the season what will happen.

“At the moment I don’t know.

“I’m owned by Real Madrid, so we have to speak to them. It’s important to know what they want.”

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on February 24, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Real Madrid have loaned Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard to Arsenal

Much might depend on Zidane’s own future at Los Blancos with speculation growing that the Frenchman will quit at the end of the season.

Real president Florentino Perez has identified Massimiliano Allegri as his top choice to replace Zidane while the Italian is also keen on taking over.

With that in mind, it could be a late decision over Odegaard’s future in Spain while the Gunners are also looking to offload a number of players to stump up funds.

Willian is set to leave after just one year at the Emirates despite penning a three-year deal when he left Chelsea in 2020.

David Luiz will depart when his contract expires this summer while the likes of Hector Bellerin, Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazette have been linked with moves away.

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