Martin Odegaard says he’s “very happy” at Arsenal but he wouldn’t be drawn on how close he is to signing a new deal at the club after being quizzed by reporters in Norway.
It’s no secret that Mikel Arteta wants to reward the midfielder with a contract that better reflects his importance to the club after he impressed two seasons running after signing on a permanent deal from Real Madrid for around £30 million.
The 24-year-old was elevated to club captain last summer and played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s title challenge last time out, scoring 15 goals and making 8 assists.
He was subsequently crowned the club’s Player of the Season and was nominated for the Premier League, PFA and PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards. Capping off a stellar 12 months, he also earned a place on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or alongside teammate Bukayo Saka.
“I don’t have much to say [about a new contract], apart from the fact that I am very happy at Arsenal and I hope I can be there for a long time,” Odegaard told Nettavisen ahead of his country’s 2-0 win over Georgia.
“Beyond that, I have no comment right now. Now, it is the national team that is in focus.”
While our captain, who scored last night, may be playing it cool, from what we’ve heard, the deal is basically done and will likely be announced next week, if not sooner.
Odegaard’s current deal runs to 2025 and an extension is likely to run to 2027 with the option to extend for a further year.