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.