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Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly in line for a shock return to Real Madrid, which could have a major impact on Arsenal’s pursuit of permanently signing Martin Odegaard.
According to Marca, Real Madrid have chosen Ancelotti to replace Zinedine Zidane who parted company with the La Liga giants last week following a disappointing campaign.
Ancelotti back to the Real Madrid means he will be reunited with Odegaard who joined the club from Norwegian side Stromsgodset as a 16-year-old in January 2015.
But the current Everton boss has revealed this particular deal was not his idea and labelled it as a “PR exercise” for Real Madrid president Florentino.
“When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it,” he writes in his book Quiet Leadership, as per Sky Sports. “Furthermore, the president decided that he would play three games with the first team as a public relations exercise.
“He could be the best player in the world, but I don’t care because he was not a player who I asked for.
“That signing was to do with PR.”
Ancelotti’s opinion of Odegaard may have changed in the years that have passed, but if the midfielder is not in his plans then it will be fantastic news for Arsenal.