Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Martin Odegaard following reports in Spain that Real Madrid consider the player ‘fundamental’ to their future plans.
The Norwegian midfielder joined the Gunners on loan deal in January and has already impressed so far during his temporary stay in north London.
Odegaard was hailed for his most recent performance for Mikel Arteta’s side, playing a key role as the Gunners battled back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with West Ham.
Speaking after the match, the Arsenal manager was full of praise for the player’s contribution to the fightback.
“I think he had an incredible performance,” said Arteta. “He was very intelligent the way he read the game, the way he effected the game and again he showed how much he wants to win,”
“When everyone was a little bit trembling, he gave us that composure on the ball and he created chance after chance.”
However, according to Spanish publication AS, the Real Madrid hierarchy have been equally impressed with the player’s application during his loan spell and see him as a ‘fundamental piece for the future of the club’.
The report points out the player has ‘overcome obstacles’ to prove how good he is as a player, which has apparently caught the attention of his parent club.
Despite failing to nail down a place in the Real team under Zinedine Zidane previously, it is expected Odegaard will return to the Spanish capital once his loan is complete at the end of the season.
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The player himself is unclear as to where his future lies but insists he is committed to Arsenal while he is on loan at the Emirates.
“I think it’ll be important to find stability,” he told Norwegian media.
“I’m very happy at Arsenal, enjoying myself.
“I like it here. Now my focus is to finish the season, then we’ll see.”