Odegaard: Most of what is said about my Real Madrid departure isn't true

Odegaard: Most of what is said about my Real Madrid departure isn't true

Following his transfer to Arsenal, former Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has hit out at the press on social media, indicating that the things which have been written about his reasons for leaving the Spanish capital are not true.

The Norwegian has joined Arsenal on a permanent deal for a fee of 35 million euros. Odegaard was on loan with the Gunners last season and scored two goals in 20 appearances.

"More than six and a half years ago I signed for Real Madrid and fulfilled a big dream," Odegaard wrote on Instagram.

"To be able to wear the white shirt, play at the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu and play in the Champions League with Real Madrid. I couldn't be prouder. I came when I was 16 and I had the opportunity to learn from the best in the world and my idols.

"I've learned a lot and I've enjoyed the journey. I am grateful for everything that has happened to me and everything I have learned. I want to thank all the people who have helped me to improve and grow with Real Madrid. Coaches, teammates, physios, people from the club and the fans. Thank you!

"I've had good times and bad times, as always in life and in football. It has made me much stronger and more prepared for what is to come. These days there is a lot of talk about me and my reasons for leaving. I just want to say that most of what they are saying is not the truth.

"For me it's a pity that the press says things that are not true, because a lot of people honestly think that's the case. I have my reasons, I know what the truth is and what has happened and that's why I think [moving to Arsenal] is the best thing to do. Thank you."
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