Odegaard reveals why leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal was ‘the best decision of his career’

Martin Odegaard scored from the penalty spot to put Arsenal in front || Credit: Imago

PREMIER LEAGUE Odegaard reveals why leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal was ‘the best decision of his career’

Mark Kinyanjui 09:30 - 15.10.2023

The Norway international has revealed why opting to leave Arsenal for Real Madrid was “the best decision of his career” as he was forced to sever  ties with “the biggest club in the world”

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has revealed why leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal in 2021 was the 'best decision' of his career.

The Norwegian playmaker switched Spain for London in a £30m permanent having already completed a successful initial loan spell at the Emirates.

Odegaard was handed the Arsenal captaincy in July last year after emerging as a key cog in Mikel Arteta's squad and establishing himself as one of the Premier League's best players.

He made just 11 appearances for Real Madrid's first-team and failed to score or register an assist in any of those but explained he 'learned a lot' during his time in the Spanish capital. 

“My time at Madrid was good. It was a positive stage, although perhaps some might think otherwise,” said Odegaard, as quoted by Mail Sport.

“I learned a lot, I matured a lot and I was able to train with some of the best players in the world. But in the end, leaving was the best decision for me, I wanted to play more and continue growing. 

“I played with them and I enjoyed it. Maybe the opportunity came too soon but 'It was a great experience'.

“I'm happy with the decision I made and how it went. If I hadn't gone through Madrid I wouldn't have reached the level I have today.”

Odegaard’s pathway to the first team was blocked because he had alot of superstars ahead of him, including Luca Modric and Tony Kroos, two players who are still going strong for the club.

However, he still maintains a fondness for the Spanish giants and insisted they are still the "biggest club in the world". 

“Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world and the pressure is noticeable, even if it wasn't as much as Ronaldo, Beckham and company were there."

His performances at Arsenal earned Odegaard a new five-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2028.

The Gunners went close to lifting the Premier League title last season before falling away in the closing matches of the campaign as Man City secured the English top-flight crown.

However, the Gunners have started the new season strongly as they join Spurs as the only unbeaten team, with Odegaard a driving force in midfield.