It would be pathetic of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to stand in the way of Martin Odegaard joining Arsenal on a permanent basis.
That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after The Sun reported the latest twist in the saga.
Arsenal apparently fear that Perez could block a permanent deal as he is bitter about the club’s withdrawal from the European Super League.
Perez was one of the controversial breakaway league’s chief architects and is reportedly furious about the six English club’s decision to renege on the deal.
Odegaard, 22, has been in top form since joining Arsenal on loan from Los Blancos in January.
Kenny lambasted Perez, claiming it would be “ridiculous” to stand in Odegaard’s way should he want to make the move permanent.
“It is pathetic,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“You’re messing with his career here. Is he going to go back to Real Madrid and sit in the reserves? Who knows.
“If you’re not going to sell him because of the Super League collapse, that is absolutely ridiculous.
“It’s disappointing that they’d even think of doing that. It’s his career and life we’re talking about here.
“Listen, if he’s going to go back there and get in the team, fair enough. But if he’s going to be a reserve player then you might as well sell him to Arsenal.”
He has played just 11 times for Los Blancos since signing as a 16-year-old in 2015.