Zidane’s January chat with Odegaard shows Real Madrid’s transfer intentions

Real Madrid are ready to block any bids for Martin Odegaard, with the Spanish champions still believing he has a massive future with the club.

Frustrated by a lack of playing time at the Bernabeu, Odegaard made the decision to join Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season.

Since moving to north London, the Norwegian has impressed for Mikel Arteta’s side and was a regular in the starting 11, prior to a recent injury.

That form has sparked hopes that the Gunners could make a permanent move for the midfielder, with Arteta confirming talks would be held at the end of the season.

Both he and Dani Ceballos have uncertain futures with Real Madrid and Arteta explained that there would be conversations about both.

“Well with the financial position that we’ve been in obviously we had to find different ways to try to recruit good players to the club,” he said earlier this month.

“And as well it gives you the possibility to see with close eyes on a daily basis how those players can improve the team and how they can adapt to this league.

“In both cases I’m really happy with both of them and it’s a decision that has to be decided at the end of the season because there is [another] club involved, in this case it’s the same club involved which owns both of them. And I will have these conversations.”

However, AS claim that Real see him as “fundamental piece in the project in the short, medium and long term".

It is suggested that Zidane had a conversation with the player prior to his Arsenal move, pleading for patience about his lack of opportunities.

Despite his temporary move, the report adds that Los Blancos do not even want to hear offers for him and have no intention of facilitating a sale.

Asked about his long-term future, the 22-year-old admitted he would like to break into the Real side, but is enjoying his time at the Emirates.

"Yes, as I have said many times when you sign there, the goal is always to play there. It is of course a big dream," Odegaard told TV2.

"But at the same time I am in a nice club and am very happy where I am now. So I am very happy with the situation as it is now."

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