Real Mardid star Martin Odegaard hands in transfer request

Martin Odegaard has asked to leave Real Madrid
Martin Odegaard has asked to leave Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard has handed in a transfer request and wants to leave the Spanish giants having failed to win the trust of his manager Zinedine Zidane.

The Norway international joined Real seven years ago and was touted as one of the most exciting talents in European football. The 22-year-thrived on loan last season with Real Sociedad and was recalled in the summer.

Effectively the club’s only signing of a prudent close season, Odegaard was expected to compete for a first team spot but he has earned just 367 minutes of playing time.

Given his lack of playing time, the 22-year-old has asked to leave the club again on loan, but Real chiefs, according to Marca, must now decided whether to sanction that request or cash in on the versatile winger.

Arsenal are among a number of Premier League clubs to have been linked with Odegaard, and the Gunners have also been linked with his team-mate Isco who has been similarly out of favour this term.

Isco has also been linked with a move away from Real Madrid this month
Isco has also been linked with a move away from Real Madrid this month (Picture: Getty)

Emile Smith Rowe has assumed the mantle of Arsenal’s creator in chief in recent weeks, but Mikel Arteta is still keen to add more attacking options to his squad and may now be in a position to do so following the departure of Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in Norwich star Emi Buendia, but Canaries boss Daniel Farke is adamant the Argentine will not leave this month with his side top of the Championship and hopeful of sealing an instant return to the Premier League.

‘Nothing will happen with Emi Buendia this month,’ Farke said on Tuesday. ‘In this business you can’t confirm something with 100 per cent guarantee, but I’d label it 99 per cent.

‘If I judge it in an objective way, it makes no sense for any of my players to leave at this moment and it makes no sense for the club to sell our players in January.

‘We’re in a fantastic position, it’s nearly the end of January and the season will then end in four months. ‘If a club bigger than us is interested in you and they say he should be our long-term solution, then there is always a deal possible, but not in January.

‘We’re not desperate to earn more money, we want to have success and don’t want to risk selling our key players. We’re not working like a bank, we’re not maximising our incomes, we’re maximising our success to return to the Premier League level. ‘ust one transfer fee of a player can risk this project, it makes no sense.’

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