Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has finally established himself as a key player for Arsenal, where he will play on a loan deal at least until the end of the 2020-2021 season. Arsenal are “extremely happy” with Odegaard’s recent performances and work ethic and will try their very best to keep the player when his current loan deal expires, according to reporter Fabrizio Romano.
Still, Real Madrid and the player himself will be the ones making that decision. Odegaard has said many times in the past that playing minutes consistently and stability are key factors for him, so he could ultimately be keen on extending his loan deal if he believes he’s not going to be given the chance to play for Madrid regularly.
Martin Ødegaard: “My future at Arsenal? The deal with Arsenal is until the end of season. We'll see what happens this summer. I've said things before that I still stand for: stability and development are key words...”. @arilasos #AFC https://t.co/SPubXLIYmY— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 23, 2021
Fabrizio Romano reported this Tuesday that coach Zinedine Zidane’s future is key. Zidane never found a way to get Odegaard involved even when the young talent was healthy and Odegaard might not want to find himself in the same situation next season if Zidane is going to stay.
Odegaard’s contract with Real Madrid expires in the summer of 2023, so at the end of the day Madrid will have to trust him and stop sending him on loan if they want Odegaard to commit to another contract extension.
Right now, extending his loan deal with Arsenal makes sense although negotiating an extension with him in 2022 when he would just be back in Madrid could be problematic if he decides to leave the club.