Martin Odegaard stop being a Real Madrid footballer. The white club and Arsenal have completed the transfer agreement and the Norwegian becomes a footballer of the gunners. He leaves transferred (the Real Madrid entity will not have a repurchase option but it does keep a right of first refusal for the future) and Madrid will earn around 40 million euros from its sale, including different variables.
It is the end to one of the hot spots of the Madrid summer. Odegaard returned in July from his six-month assignment at Arsenal and after verifying during the preseason that he was not returning with starting stripes, he has preferred to leave the club. ANDl Madrid also settles in this way a strong bet that began six years ago, when it took over the Nordic when he turned 16, paying 2.3 million euros and gave him a salary of minigalactic (€ 3.5M gross per year). Odegaard did not adapt to Castilla, nor did he convince Ancelotti, Rafa Benítez or Zidane and has only produced his best performance in some of his many transfers (twice at Heerenveen, Vitesse, Real Sociedad and Arsenal). Without success in sports, Real Madrid has obtained a significant economic capital gain from the Norwegian. In addition to this income from its sale, two years ago it received € 2M for its transfer in San Sebastián and the club for the season gunner paid € 5M for the six-month loan.
Arsenal has accelerated the negotiations in the last hours because their objective was to complete the paperwork before this weekend, the deadline to register Odegaard in time to play this Sunday in the London derby against Chelsea (5:30 p.m. ). The midfielder, who has not trained in the last two days with Madrid (he did it alone) to avoid injury, passed the recognition this Thursday and will wear the number 8.
Farewell letter to madridismo
Odegaard, already as an Arsenal player, broke his silence after leaving the Santiago Bernabéu and took the opportunity to say goodbye to the club, teammates and fans through social networks in an emotional letter, in which he recalls his passage during these six years at the white club.
“More than 6.5 years ago I signed for Real Madrid and I fulfilled a big dream,” Odegaard began writing, making it clear that “to be able to wear the white shirt, play at the Bernabéu and play the Champions League with Madrid. I can’t be more proud. I came here when I was 16 years old and I have had the opportunity to learn from the best in the world and my idols. I have learned a lot and I have enjoyed the journey. I am grateful for everything that has happened to me and everything that I have learned. “
“I have had good moments and bad moments, as always in life and in football. It has made me much stronger and more prepared for what is to come. I want to thank all the people who have helped me improve and grow for Madrid. Coaches, teammates, physios, people from the club and the fans. Thank you! “, said the Norwegian gratefully.
On his departure from the white team, the Norwegian has clarified that: “These days they talk a lot about me and my reasons for leaving. I just want to say that almost everything they are saying is not the truth. For me it is a shame that the press say things that are not true , because many people sincerely think that it is so. I have my reasons, I know what the truth is and what has happened and that is why I think it is for the best. “