Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has sent out a veiled message to the Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane regarding his treatment of Martin Odegaard.
The Norwegian midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu and he has moved to Arsenal on a loan deal in order to play regular first-team football during the second half of the season.
Haaland has revealed that Real Madrid should have been more patient with Odegaard and the young attacking midfielder just needed more game time.
He also reflected on the youngster’s move to Arsenal and it will be interesting to see if Odegaard can regain his confidence and sharpness with regular football in the Premier League now.
Haaland said: “It will be interesting to see Martin at Arsenal. It’s a great club in England. The football is a bit different, but I think he can fit in well with Arteta in midfield. He can have fun there. You need minutes. All they have to do is put him in the lineup and leave him play. We know how good Odegaard can be. When he gains confidence with the ball, you know incredible things can happen.”
Mikel Arteta has done well to bring out the best in young players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe. He could have a similar impact on Odegaard’s game as well.
Real Madrid have been linked with Erling Haaland in recent months and it will be interesting to see how their treatment of young players affect their chances of signing the Dortmund striker.
The likes of Militao, Vinicius, Asensio, Mendy, Odegaard and Jovic have all struggled at Real Madrid this season and it remains to be seen whether the Spanish club can convince Haaland that Santiago Bernabeu to continue his career.