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Martin Odegaard Claims "Lies Have Been Spread" About His Real Madrid Exit

Odegaard claims lies have been spread about his Real Madrid exit
Odegaard claims lies have been spread about his Real Madrid exit / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Martin Odegaard has claimed that "many lies have been spread" about his Real Madrid exit as the Norwegian completed a permanent move to Arsenal last week.

The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with Mikel Arteta's side and impressed the Gunners' boss enough to make him splurge £30m to bring him back to the Emirates.

But over the course of the summer, a number of reasons have been cited for Odegaard's Madrid exit, one of the biggest ones being he failed to win over Carlo Ancelotti. He took to Instagram to address the rumours and said: "More than six-and-a-half years ago I signed for Real Madrid and fulfilled a big dream.

"To be able to wear the white shirt, play at the 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."

In his previous short-term loan deal, Odegaard went on to register two goals and as many assists in 20 appearances in all competitions.