Martin Odegaard does not want to return to Real Madrid if Zinedine Zidane remains manager according to reports in Spain.

Martin Odegaard of Arsenal FC seen during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg football match between Villarreal and Arsenal at Estadio de la Ceramica. Villarreal Spain Copyright: Xisco Navarro
Martin Odegaard of Arsenal FC seen during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg football match between Villarreal and Arsenal at Estadio de la Ceramica. Villarreal Spain Copyright: Xisco Navarro

Martin Odegaard’s future is far from decided.

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Arsenal want to sign the Norwegian, but probably can’t afford him. Real Madrid want to keep him but Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want to use him and, after six years of being a Real Madrid player, Odegaard himself is a bit fed up with not knowing where his future lies.

According to a report in Sport, Odegaard believes Zidane was ‘unfair’ to him during the five months of the season he was with the Real Madrid first team and does not wish to return if Zidane stays as manager, something that is not entirely guaranteed either.

Odegaard has also spoken about how happy he is at Arsenal.

Odegaard’s release clause is €350m, which obviously nobody is paying, but any fee for a permanent move is likely to be substantial and probably outside of Arsenal’s transfer budget unless the Kroenkes put their hands in their pockets.

What is certain, however, is this story has a way to run yet. Isn’t that fun?