Martin Odegaard has revealed he sought advice from three other Norwegian players before joining Arsenal on loan in January.
After failing to secure a regular role under Zinedine Zidane in the first half of the season at Real Madrid, the 22-year-old has opted for a move to the Premier League.
Before moving to England, the playmaker interviewed three of his compatriots who had previously played in the division.
What was said?
Asked about Everton striker Josh King and Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, Odegaard told the Premier League official YouTube channel: “Yeah, I talked to them both.
“I also spoke to another guy who played at Fulham, Stefan Johansen. He was the former captain of the national team so I spoke to him to find out a little more about the league and how they view the league.
“They had only good things to say about the league and everything here in football and they said a lot of good things to me.
“The Premier League is really big in Norway so I grew up watching it every week and everyone in Norway follows the league so closely. It’s a dream to be able to play here.”
How did Odegaard fare at Arsenal?
Odegaard impressed during his short stay in North London, becoming a key part of Mikel Arteta’s attack.
The playmaker has scored two goals in 12 appearances for the Gunners, while starting each of the club’s last six Premier League games.
Could Odegaard’s move be made permanent?
Arsenal have no option to buy in their loan deal with Real Madrid, but they have agreed to sit down with the Spanish giants this summer to discuss what could happen next with the 22-year-old. , whose future at the Santiago Bernabeu is far away. from some.
Odegaard spent last season on loan at Real Sociedad before returning to the Spanish capital, but he never fully won Zidane’s confidence in the first half of the season.
Arsenal hope they can use that to their advantage this summer when they start talks on Odegaard.