Real Madrid’s angry message to Martin Odegaard after Arsenal transfer admission

Martin Odegaard is already impressing at Arsenal following his loan move last month.

But his parent club Real Madrid are less than impressed following the Norwegian’s comments at the weekend about his future.

The 22-year-old Norwegian joined the Gunners on a temporary deal until the end of the season in January, amid frustration at a lack of opportunities in the Spanish capital this season.

And he made his first Premier League start in the 4-2 weekend win over Leeds United.

Interviewed after the game by Norway’s TV2, Odegaard refused to rule out a permanent switch to North London.

He declared: “You never know what is going to happen.

“But for now, I am just focusing on doing my best this season and helping the team as much as possible.

“Then we’ll see what happens.”

However, reports in Spain state that those comments have angered Madrid officials, with Defensa Central declaring that Los Blancos’ top brass are not pleased and have advised Odegaard not to talk about his future, nor his relationship with Zinedine Zidane.

Odegaard is on his sixth loan deal away from Madrid, but the club’s hierarchy believe he can still have a long-term future – despite Zidane’s own reticence to use him – particularly given their push to sign his international teammate, Erling Haaland.

That’s why they refused to negotiate any kind of option in the deal to allow Arsenal to make his signing permanent this summer.

But Arsenal chiefs took him in January both in a bid to add extra spark to their attack now, and in the hope that they can persuade the player to stay in North London.

Mikel Arteta, in the build-up to Thursday’s Europa League tie with Benfica, made clear that he has no doubts Odegaard can become one of the world’s best stars.

“He’s a player that I really like and, as you say, still has huge potential to become even better,” he continued.

That’s a far cry from how Odegaard is viewed by Zidane of course.

Behind the scenes at Arsenal they’re continuing to work to persuade the player that a long-term future at the Emirates will be his best option.

But their hopes entirely depend on the Real Madrid board, and potentially whether Zidane makes another Santiago Bernabeu exit this summer.

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