Arsenal’s official website has announced the departures of Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos. Both players were given “best wishes” by the club while stating that both contracts come to an end on June 30th, 2021.
Despite the announcement, it does not mean that either player cannot re-join the Gunners. Arsenal’s club website stated the following:
“All developments regarding players extending their contracts; joining/re-joining us; or leaving us will be officially communicated as they are confirmed”.
The Athletic have reported that Martin Odegaard is Arsenal’s #1 transfer target this summer following his successful loan spell at the club. Mikel Arteta is huge admirer of the midfielder and wants to keep his character and leadership qualities around in addition to his footballing talent.
In his first press conference since returning to Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti named both Odegaard and Ceballos as potential loanees that could return to re-enforce the squad. In regards to the Real Madrid’s squad ability to compete, Ancelotti said the following: “There were even some players loaned out like Bale, Odegaard, and Ceballos, and even still, this Real Madrid side reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and fought for La Liga”. The Italian was potentially providing some insight into his squad preperations.
The new Real Madrid coach will “calmly evaluate” all his players which means both Odegaard and Ceballos will have their chance to impress. If a sizeable offer comes in for either player, a sale is not out of the question, but for now they will likely form part of the Real Madrid squad for the upcoming pre-season on July 5th.