Martin Odegaard prefers La Liga move to Arsenal
Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard reportedly prefers a return to his former side Real Sociedad rather than a move to Arsenal, according to reports from Spain.
The 22-year-old Norwegian has barely played for Real Madrid this season, making just nine appearances in all competitions, and he is now keen to leave the club.
The Norway international believes that his chances of securing a regular spot in the team under Zinedine Zidane will not improve over the course of the season.
Whilst Arsenal have made an approach to Real Madrid for Odegaard, Marca is reporting that Odegaard's preference is a return to Real Sociedad, where he thrived on loan last season.
The report adds that Real Madrid and Real Sociedad are currently negotiating a possible loan deal for the midfielder, that will keep him at Sociedad until the end of the season.
Whilst Sociedad would prefer a permanent move away from the club, Real Madrid are keen to keep the Norwegian, and will only allow him to leave on loan, with the aim of him becoming a regular starter next season.
Odegaard was completely left out of the squad for Real Madrid's surprise defeat to Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Odegaard has barely played, but Zidane claimed last week that the midfielder would get more chances to impress him if he stayed at the Bernabeu, saying "Let him keep working, he is a beloved player and he will surely succeed here."
"He has not played much lately but the idea is to keep working hard, he will have minutes."
"He will provide insurance. This is a specific moment. In a race things happen to the players, but he is not discouraged."
Given these updates, Arsenal will be keen to look at other options to fill in the gap that Mesut Ozil's transfer to Fenerbahce left in the squad.