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Martin Odegaard has made a decision on what type of move he is looking for in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Odegaard enjoyed a successful six-month loan spell at Arsenal in the second half of the season just gone after finding minutes hard to come by at parent club Real Madrid.
The Norwegian had struggled to break into Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane’s plans, making just seven appearances in La Liga, only three of them starts.
That saw him sent out on loan to the Gunners on transfer deadline day, on a loan lasting until the end of the campaign.
Martin Ødegaard has appeared to have made a decision on a potential summer transfer
Odegaard immediately impressed, becoming a regular in Mikel Arteta’s team, making 20 appearances in all competitions.
His performances appeared to produce the solution to the problem position of central attacking midfield in Arteta’s team.
The Spaniard has been keen to bring Odegaard back to the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis.
“We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do,” said Arteta when asked about keeping Odegaard.
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“He’s not our player. We will have discussions in the next few weeks. And respect first of all because he’s a Real Madrid player, and we will have those communications.
“We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done.
“And he’s adapted really well to our way of playing and to our football club. And hopefully we have given him as well the hope and the feeling that it could be a good place for him.”
But the Gunners face a number of obstacles to their hopes of bringing Odegaard back to London.
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The first is that they cannot offer him any European football next season, having finished eighth in the Premier League and failed to win a domestic trophy.
The appointment of Carlo Ancelotti to the Real Madrid job could also open the door to a return to that team for Odegaard, with Los Blancos possessing an aging squad.
There are questions over how much transfer business the La Liga side can conduct this summer, with the club appearing to be in financial difficulty.
If they did attempt to raise funds by selling Odegaard though, it is something that the Norwegian would be on board with, according to his national team boss Stale Solbakken.
“It is important for him to be a regular part of the first 14-15 players (in a squad),” Solbakken told Dagbladet.
“In the big clubs you do not always play every single time. There is always rotation when you play every three or four days. But he himself is crystal clear that it is important to take root.
“Ancelotti is a coach where the players have great freedom in their roles. It seems like a well-liked guy.
“But it's not something I'm going to throw myself into with skin and hair. Martin's representatives must take care of that.”