Who could refuse to play for Real Madrid? Just Lionel Messi? Well, perhaps Gerard Piqué too. Still, it would be very strange to see a player rejecting a proposal to wear the white shirt. There is a player who has set a condition that would see him refusing to be back in the club after a bad experience: Martin Ødegaard.
The Norwegian wonderkid has just moved on loan to Arsenal FC, officially supported by his national team partner Erling Braut Haaland. By 2015 he was signed by Real Madrid on a move that reported over $3.3 million to Stromsgodset, his childhood club in Norway. In the White House he never found a spot, having been loaned to clubs like Eredivisie’s Vitesse Arnhem or Spain’s Real Sociedad.
After his last spell in the Basque Country he struggled to be considered by Zinedine Zidane. Following lots of discussions on his future, and his coach’s too, he found the opportunity to jump the Biscay Bay and the English Channel to land in London. Still, his transfer belongs to Real Madrid, so sooner or later, he will have to return.
As reported by Eurosport, Ødegaard would be willing to return toReal Madrid only if Zidane is no longer in the club. Would Arsenal try a permanent deal? For sure, if the 22-year-old succeeds, the club could look into the possibility of paying his transfer and keep him in the squad for longer after the end of the season. His price as per Transfermarkt is $48 million.