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Martin Odegaard thinks Carlo Ancelotti’s previous comments on his playing time were misinterpreted.
The Norway midfielder returns to Real Madrid after a successful half-season loan at Arsenal. Impressing at the Emirates, Odegaard made 14 Premier League appearances and registered one goal and two assists.
Ancelotti was in charge when Odegaard was brought in by Real Madrid and even handed the then-16-year-old his debut. But following Ancelotti’s exit, the Italian claimed he did not care if the sought after teenager came to Real Madrid or not.
In his 2016 book Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti said: “When Real Madrid decided to sign a boy from Norway, 16-year-old Martin Odegaard, I thought, ‘I do not care if he comes or not, because he will not play for me now’.”
Odegaard was recently asked about the comments but played them down.
“There was a bit of talk about it last time,” he told TV 2. “Then I think maybe it was misinterpreted a bit by some, but that’s the way it is. It’s not something I stress about.”
“What he said was probably just that I was a player for the future,” adds Odegaard. “And that in Madrid you often do not have as good a time as a coach. It was probably more what he said, so I do not put much into it.
“It is a coach I know and with whom I had a good relationship when he was last there.
“In that sense, it is positive. But beyond that, one day has passed, so I do not know too much about what he thinks about things.”