Real Madrid refusing to sell 22-year-old midfielder amid Arsenal interest

By | May 17, 2021

Real Madrid have reportedly made it clear to Premier League giants, Arsenal that they have no intention of allowing Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard to depart from the club on a permanent basis this summer.

The 22-year-old playmaker has arrived at the Emirates Stadium on loan in January and has been a regular for the North London club in the second half of the 2020-21 season, playing 14 games in all competitions.

Mikel Arteta’s side are allegedly determined to secure the services of the Norway international on a permanent basis in the upcoming transfer market.

However, according to AS, Madrid are ‘counting on’ 22-year-old midfielder for the 2021-22 campaign and will not allow him to depart from during this summer’s transfer window.

The report suggests that Los Blancos view the Norwegian as a fundamental part of their future following to Luka Modric’s age and the injury problems that Toni Kroos has suffered this season.

Odegaard, who has only made 11 first-team games for Zinedine Zidane’s side, has a deal at the Bernabeu until June 2023.

Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has admitted that he is keen to make a return to La Liga for the 2021-22 season as he ‘likes it a lot more than the Premier League’.

The 24-year-old has been on loan with the Gunners from Los Blancos since July 2019, playing 74 games for Mikel Arteta’s side in all competitions, playing 37 games during the 2020-21 season.