Arsenal announced on Thursday that they have said goodbye to four players whose contracts had expired, including three on loan plus David Luiz, who entered the market after two years at the Emirates in search of a new engagement.
The remaining three who left North London are goalkeeper Mat Ryan, and the duo of Real Madrid Dani Ceballos- Martin Odegaard. The Spanish-Norwegian combination returns to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium with great relief because they will not be welcomed on the bench again by Zinedine Zidane.
Former Real Madrid coach did not believe in the two young midfielders he sent on loan in the last two seasons - Ceballos both times to Arsenal, while Odegaard spent the last six months in London after a year at Real Sociedad.
Ceballos returns to Real after 40 games in which he did not score a goal, but he had three assists. Again with a lot of oscillations, where in the end he definitely did not meet expectations, although Mikel Arteta used him the most as a classic central midfielder.
Odegaard collected 20 games in half a year, with two goals and more assists. In Madrid, his injuries and lack of Zidane's faith prevented him from showing something more, at Arsenal he managed to raise the level, so much so that Arteta wants him back for next season.
If Zidane had stayed on the Real bench, a new loan would have been certain, thus already announcing that the Norwegian will be in the serious plans of Carlo Ancelotti. That is, they will see each other and talk about whether their ambitions and ideas match.
And chances are good that they will be on the same wavelengths. For a start, Ceballos has the relief that there is no Zidane who did not see him in his plans at all, he even wanted to sell him, but there was no team that would pay the requested amount of money of around 20,000,000 euros.
The Madrid AS claims that he no longer wants to go on loan and that he will ask the new coach to immediately clarify his position - if he stays, he will be sold. The Spanish media are largely dedicated to the appearance of the Real Madrid under the command of Carlo Ancelotti.
For example, a new chance is being prepared for Luka Jović, and since Real is in a not very enviable financial position, it is not excluded that Ceballos could stay and also get his space. After all, the Spaniard was on Ancelotti's radar during his time at Everton ...