Highly-talented midfielder sends clear transfer message to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
Highly-talented midfielder Martin Odegaard has told Arsenal that his future lies with Real Madrid
The Norway international midfielder spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Emirates Stadium after finding regular game time hard to come by with his parent club.
His performances for the Gunners over the past few months has led to constant reports that Mikel Arteta is hoping to secure a permanent transfer deal for the talented midfielder, and is even prepared to pay £40 million to get a deal done.
Arteta wants to add more creativity to the squad, and Various options continue to be mooted for the Gunners, with Odegaard, James Maddison, Nabil Fekir, Houssem Aouar and Philippe Coutinho all linked with the club.
However, it seems that Arsenal will not be getting a deal done for Odegaard after he opened up and sent a clear transfer message to the likes of the Gunners, or any club that are interested in him.
Odegaard told TV2: “Real Madrid have been clear that they would like me back. So then it will be time to go there when the training starts up again.
“Of course it has always been a dream to play there.
“I have been in the club for over six years now, and that has always been the goal. I always want to play, I have said that all the time. Playing hard is important.”
Quizzed on whether he has spoken with Ancelotti, Odegaard added: “No, not with him personally, but I have spoken a lot with the club and had a close contact. So I feel they have a good overview.”
This will come as a massive blow for Arsenal as they were desperate to get a deal done