Martin Odegaard does not intend to change clubs next season and has already told Real Madrid of his intention to complete the second year of his loan spell with Real Sociedad. The report comes from a San Sebastian-Donostia based outlet, Noticias de Gipuzkoa. Despite both MARCA and AS suggesting the Norwegian could return a summer early after his scintillating performances, the truth is Martin Odegaard was always going to have the final word.
Whenever asked about an early return, Odegaard’s message has been consistent all throughout the year: “The plan we have made is to play two years in La Real and for me it has been important to have some stability. I still think the same. You never know what can happen in the future, but that’s my plan, because I’m very happy here” he told Gipuzkoa earlier this season.
The president of Real Sociedad, Jokin Aperribay, has always felt the loan would be honored. “We’re talking about a club that is a gentleman and a player that is also very clear about things. I believe that the pact we have between us will be fulfilled. It’s also true that he is a footballer of Real Madrid and if they would ask for something else we would all have to talk and listen to each other. The plan that we have is that Odegaard will be with us for two years,” he emphasized in an interview with Cadena Ser after Real Sociedad defeated Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey.
The official club statement from last season only mentioned a one year loan as La Liga does not allow for multi-year loan contracts. There is a gentlemen agreement between both clubs and an understanding that if the second year was not fulfilled, then a compensation would be due to Real Sociedad. Relations between both clubs are exceptional. Mikel Recalde, the journalist who broke the Odegaard story, referenced the Illaramendi return transfer in 2015, where Real Madrid received more money from Athletic Bilbao, but honored the player’s desire and the clubs request and allowed him to move to Real Sociedad for less. There has not been any clear indication from Zidane or Real Madrid that Odegaard would be demanded to return this summer and thus he more than likely will have another year to develop in San Sebastian.
Many felt that the Coronavirus pandemic may accelerate Martin Odegaard’s return to the Bernabeu, given the changing economic conditions in the transfer market. Though, with the very real possibility of European football next season, and steady continuity in terms of game time, Odegaard does not desire to accelerate the timeline and feels another year at La Real is best.