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The Real Madrid playmaker has started just five games for the Spanish giants this season after returning from a successful loan spell at Real Sociedad.
Odegaard flourished under the management of Imanol Alguacil, who had hoped the midfielder would stay put, but the 22-year-old was recalled from his loan spell at the end of last season at the request of Zinedine Zidane.
The Norwegian international was seen as a player to freshen things up in midfield areas by Zidane, although he has used the player sparingly since returning, with the player seemingly frustrated with a lack of first team opportunities.
:rotating_light: Martin Odegaard has asked to leave @realmadriden :wave:
Full story :arrow_right: https://t.co/sP2NtYLmiT pic.twitter.com/yQIBeQInhG
- MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) January 19, 2021
Reports this week suggested that the midfielder has 'demanded' another loan move to secure more time on the pitch.
And just days later, it appears Real Sociedad have lost out to Mikel Arteta's Arsenal in the race to sign Odegaard, according to Spanish publications El Confidencial, El Diario and AS.
It's said that Sociedad wanted an option to buy clause included in the loan deal, but Los Blancos do not want him to move permanently.
The Daily Mail report that Arsenal's technical director Edu began negotiations last week to sign the Norwegian playmaker.
After a consultation session between Martin Odegaard and his close circle, the player decided to accept Arsenal's offer [@TheAFCBeII] pic.twitter.com/wsAkKxKVGP
- AFTV (@AFTVMedia) January 22, 2021
Norwegian Tv2 can also confirm that Martin Ødegaard has chosen Arsenal. Top tier source here in Norway
- Sebastian Pedersen:flag_no: (@sebpedersen01) January 22, 2021
Dani Ceballos, who is currently on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid, recently spoke about Odegaard's situation amid transfer speculation.
"I can tell you about what happened to me at Madrid," he told EFE.
"I don't know exactly what happens about Martin, but it is obvious that any player who wants to succeed at Madrid is going to grab the opportunity he has.
"I don't know what Martin's thoughts are but I know mine and I think that when you are young and you have goals and objectives, what you need is to play regularly and if you don't, it's like something is missing.
"I imagine that is what is happening to Martin."
Spanish 'AS': Martin Odegaard is joining Arsenal on loan https://t.co/oNRBF1hivf
- Osman :reminder_ribbon: (@OsmanZtheGooner) January 22, 2021
Are Arsenal fans happy with this deal to sign Odegaard on a loan deal until the end of the season?
Let us know in the comments.
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