Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard prefers to return to Real Sociedad despite interest from Arsenal, according to reports in Spain.
The 22-year-old has struggled for minutes at Madrid this season and has made just nine appearances in all competitions.
The Norway international is now keen to leave Madrid as he believes his chances of securing a regular role under Zinedine Zidane will not improve.
Arsenal are aware of Odegaard’s situation and have made an approach to Madrid over a potential deal for the player before the end of the January transfer window.
But according to Marca, Odegaard’s preference is to return to Real Sociedad having thrived there on loan last season.
The report claims that Real Madrid and Real Sociedad are currently in talks over a loan deal for the remainder of the season.
It’s understood that Madrid’s hierarchy sympathise with Odegaard’s desire to seek regular playing time and also consider a return to Real Sociedad as the best solution.
However, Madrid are only interested in a loan deal and are not willing to let Odegaard depart permanently.
Odegaard’s fate appeared to be sealed as he was left out of Madrid’s squad for their surprise defeat to Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening.
He was also left on the bench last week in Madrid’s defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup.
Despite Odegaard’s lack of minutes, Zidane claimed last week that the midfielder would get chances to impress if he remained at Madrid.
‘Let him keep working, he is a beloved player and he will surely succeed here,’ said the Madrid boss.
‘He has not played much lately but the idea is to keep working hard, he will have minutes.
‘He will provide insurance. This is a specific moment. In a race things happen to the players, but he is not discouraged.’
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