Real Madrid nonetheless see attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard as a key fixture inside their long-term plans regardless of permitting him to hitch Arsenal on mortgage final month.
That is in accordance with Spanish media outlet Marca, who declare the La Liga giants nonetheless see the Norway worldwide as an necessary member of the squad who will get higher with age.
Odegaard had struggled to cement himself in Zinedine Zidane’s plans on the Bernabeu earlier this season, prompting Madrid to permit him to go away on mortgage for the rest of the season.
Since becoming a member of Arsenal, Odegaard, who was additionally linked with a return to Real Sociedad earlier than deciding on a transfer to north London, has made six appearances, together with a stable efficiency within the thrilling 3-2 victory within the Europa League over Benfica on Thursday night.
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But regardless of having admitted that he would be open to becoming a member of Arsenal on a everlasting foundation if the chance arose, the north London membership’s hopes of protecting maintain of the midfielder seem to have been dashed.
Whilst Odegaard has not figured in Madrid’s plans this season, they imagine he’ll return to the Spanish capital in a a lot better situation after incomes a constant run of video games in England.
At the age of simply 22, it’s truthful to say that he nonetheless has the most effective years of his profession forward of him, and he’s predicted to solely get higher.
Madrid’s want to profit from Odegaard’s qualities forward of subsequent season ought to probably not come as too large a shock to anybody, in reality, as Zidane lately admitted that he would have most popular to have stored maintain of the Norwegian, against him leaving on mortgage.
“Odegaard? He wished to go away, we talked two, thrice about it,” Zidane mentioned, as quoted by the Mirror, earlier this month. “He wished to play and I instructed him to remain and battle for his place.
“I wished him again from his mortgage [at Real Sociedad last season] and I instructed him to remain as a result of the season continues to be very lengthy and he would have had his possibilities.
“But he wished to go away and play. I actually wished him in my squad.”
With that in thoughts, ought to Odegaard proceed to go from power to power between now and the of the season at Arsenal, Zidane could be inheriting a participant that looks like a brand new signing.
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Despite Odegaard’s potential, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has admitted that he would favor to see Emile Smith Rowe, who’s one other extraordinarily gifted attacking-midfielder, begin forward of the loanee.
Speaking to BT Sport, Keown mentioned: “There’s a participant there, someplace, beneath all that, he’s obtained flashes of actual high quality.
“But Smith Rowe now was able to burst into that place. I’d merely put him again in that place.”