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Odegaard breaks his silence on Arsenal future

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The Norwegian youngster opened up on his future plans at Arsenal and how he is settling in England since his winter move.

Staying at Arsenal beyond the end of his initial loan deal from Real Madrid isn’t on Martin Odegaard’s mind. He is focused only on the present, not the future.

The 22-year-old signed up for Arsenal on a six-month loan deal in January after struggling for opportunities at Real Madrid. He has since made 12 appearances for the club, including eight in the Premier League.

Odegaard, who has scored two goals in his three starts, has gradually improved but insists he isn’t considering a longer stay right now.

“To be completely honest, I have not thought about it,” the Norwegian told VG on whether he would stay at Arsenal beyond his initial loan.

“I have an agreement until the summer and I am focusing on that. I want stability and development, those are key words.”

The former Real Sociedad star, alongside Emile Smith Rowe, has helped fill in at the creative department since Mesut Ozil’s departure.

“I think it has been good, right from the start,” said Odegaard on life in London.

“I adapted to the way we played quite early. I lacked a little self-confidence and things like that, but I feel I have got better and better every day.”

On Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, Odegaard added: “He is incredibly good, and there is a lot to learn from him.

“It’s just a matter of opening your ears and following what he says.”