Martin Odegaard confirms Arsenal texts before signing and being sold on project

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Martin Odegaard has confessed he spoke with Dani Ceballos before confirming his loan move to Arsenal.

The Real Madrid star will spend the rest of the season at the Emirates, reuniting with Ceballos in north London.

Ceballos is into the second successive loan spell with Arsenal, also from La Liga giants Real Madrid.

And the new Gunners signing has opened up on the messages he received, admitting Ceballos sold him on the Gunners.

"Yes, [Dani] text me the other day and he had only good things to say about the club, the manager and everything," Odegaard said.

"That was also important for me and he was happy for me to come here, so that was a good thing for me, to know someone here and to hear from someone inside the club as well. It's good.

"It has been some hectic days but I've been talking to the club, to the manager and it seems like a great project and a great club.

"I'm just so excited and when I had the chance to come here, I felt like it was a really good chance to take. So I'm really happy to be here."

Odegaard has already made 25 appearances for Norway despite being just 22 years of age.

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And he added: “In Norway, the Premier League is really big. Since I was a little kid there, we always watched all the games, me and my friends.

“I think it's the biggest league, especially in Norway, so for me it's always been a dream to play in the Premier League and I always liked the way Arsenal played and everything about the club. So it's a dream come true in many ways.

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“There were a lot [of Arsenal players I admired]. But I think [Cesc] Fabregas, for me, was one of my idols when I grew up. So especially him.

“The way he controls the game, the way he dictated the game, his ability to give assists and also score goals.

“Everything about his game. I tried to learn as much as possible when I grew up watching him. He was the top player.”

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