Arsenal’s hopes of keeping their on loan player Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid have taken a decisive blow with the new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti ready to welcome him back into the squad according to reports.
Martin Odegaard did not have a place under previous manager Zinedine Zidane and was given out on loan in January where he thrived at Arsenal.
Odegaard finished the season with back-to-back assists in the final two games for Arsenal in the premier league, against Crystal Palace and Brighton.
Arsenal are disappointed as they had hoped to secure either a permanent deal or another loan.
Carlo Ancelotti’s return to the Bernabeu has effectively ended those plans, with Spanish newspaper ABC reporting that Odegaard will definitely be part of Real’s first-team squad next season.
Although there are doubts over a number of fringe players and loanees – such as Brahim Diaz and Luka Jovic – Odegaard’s place in the Real squad is ‘assured’.
The new Real Madrid boss actually name-checked Odegaard at his first press conference, suggesting he sees the 22-year-old as a key part of his squad going forward.
Speaking at his unveiling, Ancelotti said: ‘With this squad, without loan players like [Gareth] Bale, Odegaard and [Dani] Ceballos, Madrid reached the Champions League semis and fought for La Liga. So we have the players to win trophies.’
Ancelotti was actually in charge of Real when Odegaard was first signed as a 15-year-old, though the Italian coach spoke rather disparagingly about the youngster’s arrival in his book, Quiet Leadership, and may have some bridges to build.
‘When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it. Furthermore, the president decided that he would play three games with the first team as a public relations exercise.
‘He could be the best player in the world, but I don’t care because he was not a player who I asked for. That signing was to do with PR.’