Arsenal may have been dealt the biggest blow in an attempt to get Martin Odegaard into a permanent job.
The Gunners are impressed with what they have seen from Real Madrid’s loan since his arrival in January, and he is reportedly at the top of the club’s summer wish list.
But there is a big problem with Real Madrid reportedly seeing Odegaard as a ‘fundamental piece’ of their future and they are unlikely to move on with the midfielder having a release clause of just over £ 300m.
That could make it harder for Arsenal to get to their man, and now they have been dealt a new blow in the form of Zinedine Zidane, who is said to be thinking about his future.
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There have already been questions about whether Zidane will continue beyond this season on the side of the Real Madrid board, but this is now reported by TeleMadrid, and the Frenchman himself is now considering leaving.
Zidane’s contract runs until 2022, but it is reported that he is considering terminating it the day after this season, which started late.
Los Blancos are back in the race for the La Liga title ahead of their Clasico clash with Barcelona, and are also in a position to win the Champions League, 3-1 against Liverpool ahead of a rematch in the quarter-finals.
Zidane is in his second spell as head of Real Madrid, and in both spells he has won two La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies.
Will Zidane remain important to Odegaard because the two of them don’t seem to see each other face to face.
Odegaard thought he would get a chance for the first team at Real this season after impressing for Real Sociedad last season, but he saw little action that led to a loan request.
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Zidane asked the midfielder to stay and fight for his place, but Odegaard decided he wanted to play more and spend the second half of the season on loan at Arsenal.
It has been reported that Zidane’s presence could affect whether Odegaard will return to Real Madrid before next season, and the fact that the French boss could leave now will serve as bad news for Arsenal.
If Zidane leaves, Odegaard, who still ‘dreams’ of playing for Los Blancos, by his own admission, could be lured by the promise of a fresh start under a new manager.