Real Madrid will not try to convince Martin Odegaard to stay

Real Madrid, Martin Odegaard (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Martin Odegaard (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) /

Attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard looks set to leave Real Madrid on a loan deal in the January transfer window, as he has logged just 233 minutes in La Liga this season after being one of the league’s top players in 2019-2020 with Real Sociedad.

When Zinedine Zidane asked Odegaard to return from his loan in San Sebastian, Madridistas were excited at the prospect of Odegaard starring at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano. Odegaard could play as the No. 10 in the diamond formation or as a right-sided midfielder or inverted winger in the more traditional Real Madrid 4-3-3.

We’ve seen Odegaard in all but two of those roles – the right winger one being the exception – but in limited minutes. He’s played just 233 minutes in La Liga and 135 minutes in the Champions League.

Therefore, he would like to receive a loan out of Madrid. Real Sociedad and Arsenal look like the two favorites.

Martin Odegaard needs minutes, and Real Madrid understand this

According to a report from Onda Cero’s Edu Pidal (tweet in Spanish), Martin Odegaard has been insisting on a loan move this winter.

Pidal states that Real Madrid won’t try to convince him to stay with the club for the remainder of the season, so they accept that he wants to leave. The team even believes, per this report, that because Zidane isn’t playing Odegaard, he is better off leaving the club so that he can receive the minutes he needs.

Odegaard would most likely get that playing time at Real Sociedad or Arsenal, with the former being a safer loan for the young star. La Real already proved to Los Blancos that they are willing to give Odegaard the minutes, and he was incredible over the first half of the season as the main man in charge of the club’s attack. Things may change in a second loan stint after David Silva joined Sociedad, but Odegaard should still shine.

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Madridistas are keeping close eyes on all updates regarding the 22-year-old Norway international, who should be a future superstar for Real Madrid despite all signs pointing to yet another loan move away from the capital.