Arsenal announce the departure of David Luiz and the return of Ceballos and Odegaard to Real Madrid
BERLIN: Arsenal Football Club announced the departure of Brazilian defender David Luiz from the team, in addition to the return of Norwegian Martin Odegaard and his colleague Dani Ceballos to Real Madrid after the end of their loan period to Arsenal. Veteran Brazilian defender David Luiz had indicated that he would leave Arsenal at the end of his contract, when he addressed a farewell speech to the fans through his account on the photo-sharing platform “Instagram” last month. It is noteworthy that Luiz, 34, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea in a deal estimated by the media at 8 million pounds (11.29 million dollars) in August 2019, participated in 73 matches in all competitions with coach Mikel Arteta’s team. On the other hand, Odegar and Ceballos will return to Real Madrid after the end of their loan period at the Emirates Stadium. Odegaard, who joined Arsenal last January, had participated in 20 matches in all competitions under Arteta’s leadership, scoring two goals and making the same. Ceballos signed for Arsenal on loan in July of 2019, before the loan was extended in September of last year after a wonderful season that began with two goals in his first participation in the English Premier League, an achievement he did not achieve in Arsenal from Before except Ray Parlor and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Ceballos, 24, participated in 40 games with Arsenal last season, although only 25 of them participated in him as a starter. Each player on loan in the team was linked to a permanent move to Arsenal, but the Italian Carlo Ancelotti, the new coach of Real Madrid, discussed the chances of Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard to participate with the team in the 2021/2022 season. Ancelotti told ABC: “With that list and without loaned players like Gareth Bale, Odegaard and Ceballos, the team reached the Champions League semi-finals and competed for the league title, so we have players who can win trophies.” Goalkeeper Matt Ryan will leave the team after a short loan period, while Levi Lang, Joseph Olu, Luke Plang and Jason Saraha have all been all dismissed. Arsenal said in a statement: “All developments related to the players, the extension of their contract and their joining or leaving the team will be officially announced as soon as they are confirmed.” He added, “We thank the departing players for their efforts and contributions to the team during the periods of their permanent contracts or loans.” Arsenal finished last season in the English Premier League in eighth place with 61 points.