Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as manager of Real Madrid has led to speculation about what happens next with Martin Odegaard.
Some reports say he sees the 22 year old as a key part of his squad for next season, others that the Spanish giants will listen to offers as they look to fund a galactico type signing this summer.
The player himself remains somewhat in the dark, pointing out quite rightly that the Italian has barely had time to get his feet under the table again, and lines of communication to the various squad members have yet to be opened.
Speaking to Norwegian outlet TV2, Odegaard said, “He is a coach I know and with whom I had a good relationship when he was last there.
“In that sense, it is positive. But beyond that, one day has passed, so I do not know too much about what he thinks about things.”
During the week, some old quotes from Ancelotti about Odegaard circulated online, which didn’t come across particularly positively. However, these were taken out of context, and misrepresented what was actually said in his book: Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches.
We debunked this over on the main site, but even so, it’s not something which has caused Odegaard any bother.
“I think maybe it was misinterpreted a bit by some, but that’s the way it is.” he said. It’s not something I stress about.
“What he said was probably just that I was a player for the future. And that in Madrid you often do not have much time as a coach.”
As for whether he believes he’ll go back this summer, and whether Ancelotti can be a success now that he has returned to the Bernebeu, Odegaard said, “Yes, I absolutely believe in that.”
The questions are: will he stay? How far will Arsenal push to get him? Will Real Madrid view him as integral to their team? Could they cash in to help finance other deals? Can we afford it if they do?
There’s a lot to play out this summer!