Real Madrid chiefs are very much convinced that have a potentially world-class player on their hands in Martin Odegaard and have reportedly ruled out a summer transfer move for the midfielder.
Martin Odegaard, 22 year old struggled to get a starting place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI after returning from an outstanding loan spell with Real Sociedad and completed another temporary switch at Arsenal.
Martin Odegaard however eased into the first-team and the rigours of Premier League football, Odegaard has proven himself to be a valuable addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad when fit after incredible and sensational performances.
Odegaard made himself precious and valuable to the Gunners fanbase with a stunning equaliser in last month’s north London derby and an inspired individual performance in the Gunners’ dramatic 3-3 draw at West Ham earned him widespread praise.
However, Arteta has pleaded with Arsenal’s board to do everything in their power to extend Odegaard’s stay beyond the summer and there has been rumours mounting that the Odegaard could be open to making his deal permanent.
But according to Spanish publication AS, Madrid have no interest in a summer sale and will not even be entertaining offers with Odegaard tied to them for another two years.
Madrid head coach Zidane was reluctant to part with Odegaard in the first place and the Frenchman’s over-reliance on stalwarts Luka Modric and Toni Kroos this term has only strengthened his desire to keep hold of the young playmaker.
The report states Madrid’s hierarchy are confident Odegaard can become a ‘fundamental piece’ in Zidane’s project and ‘one of the best in the world’ in his position in the future.
The Norwegian, who was recently made captain of the national side, will be given the platform to prove himself with the promise of regular minutes next term. However, it’s claimed Zidane has run out of patience with Isco.
The Spain international is deemed surplus to requirements after becoming a somewhat peripheral figure over the last two campaigns.