Guillem Balague believes Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is set to sit down with Real Madrid at the end of the season, to discuss the possibility of keeping Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard. The Los Blancos duo are set to return to the Spanish capital at the end of the season but Balague claims Arteta is optimistic that both may stick around for longer, if not permanently.
Arsenal completed the loan signing of Odegaard yesterday, for a fee of around £2.5million.
The Gunners beat Real Sociedad to the Norwegian, who was persuaded to join the club following talks with Arteta.
Odegaard asked to leave Real Madrid until the end of the season in search of regular game time and will be looking to hit the ground running in north London.
He has already confided in former Real Madrid team-mate Dani Ceballos ahead of the move and was encouraged by his fellow midfielder’s appraisal before choosing to join Arsenal.
“Yes, [Dani] text me the other day and he had only good things to say about the club, the manager and everything,” Odegaard said.
“That was also important for me and he was happy for me to come here, so that was a good thing for me, to know someone here and to hear from someone inside the club as well. It’s good.
“It has been some hectic days but I’ve been talking to the club, to the manager and it seems like a great project and a great club,” he added.
“I’m just so excited and when I had the chance to come here, I felt like it was a really good chance to take. So I’m really happy to be here.”
Although the arrival of the 22-year-old is likely to hinder Ceballos’ game-time, the Spaniard previously claimed he can relate to Odegaard’s frustration at Real Madrid.
“I can tell you about what happened to me at Madrid,” Ceballos told EFE.
“I don’t know exactly what happens about Martin, but it is obvious that any player who wants to succeed at Madrid is going to grab the opportunity he has.
“I don’t know what Martin’s thoughts are but I know mine and I think that when you are young and you have goals and objectives, what you need is to play regularly and if you don’t, it’s like something is missing.
“I imagine that is what is happening to Martin.”