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Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Arsenal’s hopes of signing Real Madrid players Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos on permanent deals hinge on Zinedine Zidane’s future at Real. The pair were loaned to Arsenal due to the fact they were out of favour in the Spanish capital.
“It’s a simple loan so there is no buy option, so there is no chance for Arsenal to sign him, but at the end of the season they will have a meeting with Real Madrid and the key for Martin Odegaard will be around the situation of Zinedine Zidane, so we need to see what will happen with Real Madrid more than with Arsenal,” Romano said.
“At Arsenal they are happy with the player, for his start, he is playing good football in the Premier League as you mentioned and he’s really open to developing and to train, so they are so happy with Odegaard, not just as a talent, but also as a guy and that is so important when a player comes from Spain to England.
“They are so happy with his start, but they will discuss with Real Madrid at the end of the season and the key will be Zidane. If Zidane stays it will be difficult for Odegaard to stay and to be part of the plans because he was not playing for Zidane. So that is a hope for Arsenal, but if Zidane leaves the club we will see what happens with Odegaard and also Dani Ceballos.”