Martin Odegaard’s latest interview suggests he’s found what he was looking for when he left Real Madrid last summer.
Ahead of the 2021 summer transfer window, Martin Odegaard was regularly interviewed about his next career steps.
On loan at Arsenal, it was pretty clear the club were keen to keep him, but not so clear whether Odegaard and Real Madrid would accept a sale.
At the time, Odegaard suggested the most important thing for him was finding some “stability”.
“I said many times that I’ve been looking for stability (with a club), but haven’t found it,” Odegaard was quoted in March 2021.
“I think it’ll be important to find stability. I’m very happy at Arsenal, enjoying myself. I like it here. Now my focus is to finish the season, then we’ll see.”
A year later, Odegaard is now a permanent Arsenal player, and a regular starter with 26 appearances under his belt this season already.
Talking to Norwegian TV this week, Odegaard once again mentioned stability, this time suggesting he’d found it.
“I feel like I’m in a very nice place,” Odegaard said. “They (Arsenal) have given me peace and stability to settle down somewhere, and not stress about where the next loan should be.
“Now this is where I’m at, I feel good.”
That isn’t to say that Odegaard isn’t grateful for his experience at Real Madrid. He goes on to suggest it helped him develop as a person and learn how to deal with some pretty intense scrutiny.
“I went abroad very early and have been through many ups and downs,” Odegaard admitted. “I feel like it has made me an adult. It has helped me feel confident, sit down and say what I think.
“I am myself, I do what I feel is right, and I behave the way I think is right.
“I was constantly scrutinised (with Madrid). [But] I think it was good, because now I don’t need to speak externally about everything.”
Most Arsenal fans would surely be happy to see Odegaard continuing to settle and building a stable career with the club for the long term.