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Zinedine Zidane wanted to keep Martin Odegaard at Real Madrid, the boss has admitted. Odegaard the Gunners last month, as Mikel Arteta’s side, were desperate to sign a new creative attacking-midfielder.
Before sealing his move to the Emirates Stadium, the Norwegian international had featured just seven times in all competitions this season, with only five of those coming in La Liga. But Zidane has admitted that he wanted him to stay.
“Odegaard? He wanted to leave, we talked two, three times about it,” Zidane said, as quoted by the Mirror. “He wanted to play and I told him to stay and fight for his place.
“I wanted him back from his loan [at Real Sociedad last season] and I told him to stay because the season is still very long and he would have had his chances. But he wanted to leave and play. I really wanted him in my squad.”