Martin Odegaard, the Arsenal midfielder on loan from Real Madrid told Norwegian outlet TV2 in an interview, that he is ‘happy’ with the Gunners.
The playmaker arrived in January from the Spanish club and has impressed in his brief spell at the Emirates. His tenure with the north Londoners is set to end soon and that has shifted the spotlight to his future.
TV2 asked the midfielder about his experience at Arsenal so far, to which Odegaard had this to say:
“I’m happy here and I’m fine, but we’ll have to sit down and talk to the club after the season, and we’ll see what happens. Right now, I don’t really know much about it.
“Considering all the places I have been, it is probably here [at Arsenal] that it has been easiest to get into the dressing room and environment and stuff, so it went very fast and nice.
“I have enjoyed myself from day one and have been very well received. That part there has gone very well, so it has actually been above all expectations.”
The Norwegian was then asked about Real Madrid and the player made it clear that his ‘dream’ was to play for the Spanish club. He told TV2:
“No, I have not had much contact with them myself. I’ve talked a bit with someone at the club there, but nothing with the coaches and them. There are others who get to take care of that bit.
“It is clear that that dream is still there, and it will be there, so to speak. It is definitely the dream for me, and I want to believe it is the dream for many other football players.”
Odegaard has been a good signing for the Gunners and the midfielder has brought in a lot of creativity into the team. This was evident in the win over Crystal Palace where his vision was key in picking out Gabriel Martinelli in a crowded penalty box.
It is this type of quality that we have come to expect from the Norwegian and the youngster has also struck up a good partnership with some of the other players in midfield. His understanding with Emile Smith-Rowe and Nicolas Pepe in particular, has been hugely encouraging.
If Arsenal and Mikel Arteta are keen on bringing Odegaard back, they will have to convince Real Madrid to part ways with their asset. This will require a sizable fee and that could be the deciding factor in the player’s future.
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