Martin Odegaard has hinted at a possible Arsenal stay ahead of his loan deal expiring in the summer.
The Norwegian midfielder is with the Gunners until the end of the season having joined on loan late in the January transfer window, and he is already impressing.
But in just a couple of months, he is set to return to Real Madrid ahead of next season with Los Blancos keen to see whether the midfielder can play a part next term.
That was also the same ahead of this season after he had impressed during a loan spell at Real Sociedad, but he saw limited game time under Zinedine Zidane and found himself submitting a loan request.
His wish was granted and he is now impressing again out on loan, much to Arsenal’s benefit, and once again talk of a permanent move is in the air.
Odegaard himself is helping fuel that talk with hints over what might be possible. His latest has seen him tell Real Madrid exactly what he wants if he is to return – ‘stability’.
“I said many times that I’ve been looking for stability (in same club), but haven’t found it,” he told VG.
“I think it’ll be important to find stability. I’m very happy at Arsenal, enjoying myself. I like it here. Now my focus is to finish the season, then we’ll see.”
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Odegaard has already racked up nine appearances across all competitions for Arsenal, six have which have come in the league, and he made the headlines last time out after scoring with a stunning strike in the 3-1 win over Olympiacos.
Goals like that will turn heads in Madrid, and while Arsenal want to see the best of him during his time in London, too many moments like that are only going to make Real Madrid more likely to demand Odegaard back this summer.