Mikel Arteta was said to be keen on signing the Norwegian playmaker on a permanent basis, but it turns out the player has different plans.
Martin Odegaard confirms he will stay at Real Madrid next season in what comes as a blow to Arsenal’s ambititons.
Odegaard spent the second half of 2020/21 on loan at Arsenal after being deprived of consistent playing time by Zinedine Zidane.
The midfielder impressed during his short stay at the Emirates. Adding some much-needed creativity in the team, he made 20 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions and came with a couple of crucial goals.
There have been talks of him relocating to England permanently or for a second loan spell in 2021/22, but the 22-year-old plans on staying at Santiago Bernabeu.
“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,” Odegaard told TV2.
“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.”
Asked if he has spoken with new boss Carlo 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.”