Martin Odegaard says “stability and development” will be key in deciding the next step in his career but he won’t be making any decisions until the summer.
The Norwegian midfielder has been quick to make an impression at Arsenal since joining on loan from Real Madrid in January and there are rumours circulating that Mikel Arteta would like to keep the player for another year if he can’t secure a deal to purchase the 22-year-old outright.
“I haven’t thought about what’ll happen in summer,” Odegaard told VGTV (translated by Football 365)while on international duty.
“The deal with Arsenal is until the end of season. We’ll see what happens this summer. I’ve said things before that I still stand for: stability and development are key words.”
While Odegaard is yet to register an assist in his 12 appearances for the Gunners, the players has become integral to the way Arsenal attack and implement the high press. At the weekend, he was involved in the build-up to all three of our goals as we fought back from 3-0 down to secure a draw at West Ham.
Now that his fitness has improved, he thinks his form is on an upwards trajectory.
“It’s been improving from the very beginning. I feel I quickly adapted and understood how we play. I lacked match fitness and self-confidence.
“The more games I’ve played, the better I’ve become. It’s a rising curve.”
Odegaard has also been very impressed by Mikel Arteta’s coaching methods. Asked about his relationship with the Spaniard, he said: “Very good. He is incredible. I have a lot to learn from him.
“I just need to ‘sharpen my ears’ and pay attention. He is fantastic.”