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Arsenal captain credits Real Madrid stint for success: “Wouldn’t have reached the level I have today”

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Martin Odegaard joined Real Madrid Castilla from Strømsgodset in January 2015. He made his debut for the Merengues’ first team in the same season, but the years that followed were turbulent.

The Norweigan international soon began an endless set of loan moves to clubs including SC Heerenveen, Vitesse, and Real Sociedad before permanently moving to Arsenal in 2021. The Gunners shelled out a whopping €35 million for his signing at the time.

The 24-year-old is now a regular starter for Mikel Arteta’s side and is the captain of the Premier League giants. In addition, he is a key element in the Norweigan international setup which also boats names including Alexander Sorloth and Erling Haaland.

Ahead of his clash against Spain in the EURO qualifiers, the former Real Madrid star spoke in an interview with AS where he detailed his time at the club and how it felt to don such a prestigious shirt.

“Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world, so the pressure is the most there,” he said, discussing what it means to play for the Merengues.

Odegaard left Real Madrid in 2021. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Arsenal star was then asked why he did not stay longer in the Spanish capital. While he emphasised that he did not regret his decision, he had only words of admiration for his spell at Real Madrid.

“My time in Madrid was good. It was a positive stage. I have learned to mature and it has been a great learning, but I needed to play more. I am happy with the decision and how it went.”

“If I hadn’t gone through Madrid, I wouldn’t have reached the level I have today. Madrid is the largest club in the world and so is the pressure there,” he added.

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Real Madrid ready to wait for 18-year-old defender as Lille demand €60 million amidst Premier League interest

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Real Madrid have been keeping a close eye on Lille defender Leny Yoro for some time now as they see the young Frenchman as a strategic addition to their squad.

However, journalist Jose Felix Diaz reports through MARCA that Real Madrid are prepared to wait, as Lille are demanding a steep €60 million for the player and this high price tag has caused Madrid to hold off on making an immediate move.

Despite their strong interest, Real Madrid are not rushing to finalise Yoro’s transfer. They faced a similar situation when signing Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer of 2022. 

At that time, it seemed Tchouameni might join a Premier League team, and Real Madrid appeared to step back. Eventually, they managed to secure him. 

Now, they find themselves in a similar position with Yoro. Interest from English clubs has prompted Lille to set a high price for the transfer, around €60 million, a sum that Real Madrid is hesitant to match right now.

Real Madrid want Yoro to show desire

Leny Yoro is wanted by Real Madrid. (Photo by VALENTINE CHAPUIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Yoro’s contract with Lille runs until 2025, which gives him and his agent, Jorge Mendes, some leverage. They need to show their desire to join Real Madrid, making it clear that he wants to play for the Spanish club. 

This situation is tricky because leaving Lille without the club receiving any compensation isn’t ideal, but the decision ultimately lies with Yoro and Mendes.

Discussions about Yoro and other potential signings have been ongoing for months at Real Madrid. However, the transfer market won’t heat up until all club competitions end. 

By then, Real Madrid will be ready to seize any opportunity to secure a player like Yoro, considered a key future talent for the team.

In summary, Real Madrid are indeed interested in signing Yoro but are taking a cautious approach due to Lille’s high demands. 

The next few weeks will be crucial as they wait for the right moment to make their move, hoping to add Yoro to their roster without overpaying.

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