Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard is perceived to be worried at Real Madrid, despite some initial optimism about his future under the new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
With Zinedine Zidane now gone, Odegaard had been tipped to play an important role for the coming season, and the fact that he formally said goodbye to Arsenal, who he spent the last six months on loan, suggested he planned to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu .
Odegaard enjoyed a successful loan spell with Arsenal / Shaun Botterill / Getty Images
However, a handful of reports in Spain have claimed that things are no longer as simple as that.
Firstly, Cadena SER revealed that Odegaard is “worried” at Real, and although he has not explicitly said so, his attitude and disconnected relationship with his teammates has given the Bernabeu officials something to worry about.
There are fears that Odegaard is not happy with Real and may long to return to Arsenal, who are known to be keen to sign him if the option arises. According to Fabrizio Romano, the feeling can be mutual because the Norwegian would accept a return to the Gunners if he chooses to leave Real.
Odegaard’s situation was then discussed by Marca, who adds that the 22-year-old may feel unpleasant due to the level of competition that lies ahead of him in the breeding order.
Luka Modric has signed a new one-year contract and there are no plans to split him from partner Toni Kroos, so while Odegaard knows there will be places to fight for the next few years, there is a fear minutes may still be limited in the short term. term.
The belief is that Real will keep Odegaard and it is hoped that Ancelotti can help get his head back in the game, but there is an acceptance that everyone in the squad has a prize during a summer where Real want to raise over 100 million pounds. to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG.
Arsenal are keen to sign Odegaard / SHAUN BOTTERILL / Getty Images
There is no indication that Arsenal are preparing a formal offer, while the Gunners thought of chasing Leicester’s James Maddison instead, but this is definitely one to keep an eye on. As the summer passes, Odegaard’s situation may change.
Arsenal have made it clear to Real that they would jump at the chance to write about Odegaard – preferably permanently but perhaps on loan if needed – but the Spanish side have always been determined to fight all interest in the young midfielder.