Martin Odegaard has hit out at the Spanish media for the way they framed his decision to leave Real Madrid.
AS claimed the Norwegian had a ‘lack of ambition’ in seeking a move to Arsenal but the 22-year-old insists the transfer was driven by a desire to lay down roots after an unsettled spell in Spain.
Impressed by his input during last season’s loan spell, the Gunners never gave up on recruiting the midfielder even though they were initially told he was part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at the Bernabeu.
“Everything I have read lately is wrong,” said Odegaard in a press conference while on international duty.
“Other than that, I have no need to comment on it. I just think it’s a shame. The Spanish media, in particular, have a way of portraying things, and that’s not the case. That is the only thing I want to say.
Asked why he made the move to the Emirates, he said: “It was because I think it was for the best.
“I enjoyed myself from day one, with my teammates, the coaches and at the club in general. I’m very happy and happy to be back.
I have no need to elaborate on exactly how things played out and when it became possible, but I am very happy to be back and I’m motivated to lift the club up again.
He added: “I want stability. I want to settle down. Now I feel I have the opportunity to be stable. I am part of a very big club, with many exciting young players, a fantastic coach and a club that wants to fight back to the top. I feel it’s pretty perfect.”
Given the fires the club are having to put out left, right and centre at London Colney, it’s nice to hear some positivity from Martin.
Now…if you can just avoid getting injured while playing for Norway, that would be great.