Martin Odegaard has had a fine season at Arsenal thus far as the Gunners sit on top of the table, with the Norwegian captaining the side.
Odegaard has become an important figure at Arsenal since signing for them, and his quality has been recognised by Mikel Arteta, who has made him an important figure of the side.
At just 24, he is showing maturity behind his years and is hoping to lead Arsenal to the Champions League for the first time since 2017 and possibly the league title for the first time since 2004.
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However, there is a clause in his contract that enables a future return to Real Madrid, which may be worrying to the Gunners and their future.
Real Madrid have Odegaard clause
According to journalist Ramon Alvarez de Mon, Real Madrid have first refusal on Odegaard, should he leave Arsenal anytime in the near future.
Real Madrid won’t require Odegaard right now and don’t need to exercise the option at the minute but it’s a handy option to have for them in the future.
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Odegaard joined Real Madrid when he was a 16-year-old in 2015 and even made his debut for the first team, but he didn’t make much of an impact after that.
He spent time on loan away at various clubs, including Real Sociedad, before his Arsenal spell, which later became a permanent move as he impressed at the Gunners.
However, with Real Madrid’s current midfield options are ageing and they’re building a young core for the future, with Odegaard a possibility.
🗣️ Odegaard on Arsenal – “The way it is now, I can see myself being here for several years. I want to do something special here. Take part in shaping the club and winning things. That is the big goal. The plan is certainly to be here for a while.”
— Doc (@karthikadhaigal) December 26, 2022
Odegaard has a contract at Arsenal until the summer of 2025, putting them in a good position to fend off interest from other clubs.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has previously said they won’t be making any signings in January, and their summer plans are still unclear.
He said: “We won’t be signing anyone because the squad is well constructed. In terms of exits, we don’t know. Some of the players who play less might look to go somewhere where they’d play more. But, there won’t be any incomings.”