Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard is said to be disappointed at Real Madrid in spite of some initial optimism about his future under new manager Carlo Ancelotti. The attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard is pushing for a transfer to Arsenal.
With Zinedine Zidane no longer in charge, the 22-year-old was expected to play a key role in the coming season, and the fact that he formally said goodbye to Arsenal, with whom he had spent the previous six months on loan, suggested he intended to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Odegaard arrived at Los Blancos in 2015 from Strømsgodset for a transfer fee of €4 million. Before moving to Heerenveen on loan in 2017 he made 8 appearances for the Madrid club. After arriving at Real he has spent four years on loan with four different clubs – Heerenveen (2017), Vitesse (2018), Real Sociedad (2019), and Arsenal (2021).
However, a number of reports in Spain claim that things are no longer as simple as that. To begin, Cadena SER revealed that Odegaard is ‘unsettled’ at Real, and while he hasn’t explicitly stated it, his attitude and estranged relationship with his teammates has given those in charge at the Bernabeu cause for concern.
There are concerns that Odegaard is unhappy at Real. And his preferred destination is Arsenal, who are known to be interested in re-signing him if the opportunity arises. According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Norwegian may feel the same way, as he would accept a return to the Gunners if he chose to leave Real.
Marca then discussed Odegaard’s situation, adding that the 22-year-old may be dissatisfied with the level of competition ahead of him in the pecking order. Real Madrid recently agreed to an agreement with Manchester United for Raphael Varane and signed a three-year contract extension with Dani Carvajal to not let him leave on a free transfer.