Real Madrid don’t have a buy-back clause for Martin Odegaard, according to a report that will be a boost for Arsenal fans.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Real Madrid don’t have any buy-back clauses for Martin Odegaard, after selling the Norwegian international to Arsenal. Romano adds that Odegaard is in love with the Arsenal project.
On Saturday, Odegaard was named Arsenal’s Player of the Match for the second game in a row, having provided two assists against West Ham before scoring one and assisting one against Brighton.
Speaking after the Brighton game, Arteta praised Odegaard’s recent contributions.
“He is doing what we want him to do – to decide football matches and work really hard and deliver to the team what he needs in these moments which is different,” Arteta said.
“The four front players scored again today; that is great news. Eddie scoring again, Bukayo, Martinelli, and in crucial moments as well.
“That’s what we want, those players deciding football matches when the team needs it and that’s what they’re doing.”
There’s no doubt Odegaard is in top form, and he’s joint-top of the Arsenal list with Bukayo Saka for Premier League goal contributions this season.
So there may have been some nervousness among supporters when Ramon Alvarez de Mon started talking about a buy-back clause this week.
The journalist suggested Real Madrid had a right of first refusal that they could exercise in the future.
That wouldn’t be as bad as a specific buy-back clause, to begin with, but it seems Romano is ruling out the existence of such a clause anyway.
Arsenal fans can continue to get excited about their captain’s form without that shadow hanging over them.