Martin Odegaard's father plays down transfer rumours

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Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Martin Odegaard after comments from the Norwegian starlet's father intimate the player is not looking to move abroad just yet. (CNN International)

The 15-year-old attacking midfielder became his country's youngest ever player after making his international debut against the United Arab Emirates last month, and has attracted widespread interest from a host of top European clubs.

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Odegaard has been likened to Lionel Messi in his homeland which has already placed inevitable pressure on the talented teenager, and his dad is keen for his son to take a step back and not get caught up in the media frenzy.

Liverpool have also been mooted as admirers of the player - who is a confirmed Anfield supporter - but they are no more likely than Manchester United at this stage to secure Odegaard's signature.

Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers will continue to monitor his development though, with a lucrative move to the Premier League remaining possible in the future.

Manchester United gossip:

Manchester United have the first option to sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo. (Daily Star)

It's been suggested that a deal was put in place between United and Madrid that could see the Portuguese superstar return to Old Trafford if he becomes available for a transfer.

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has shot down Manchester United's hopes of signing Kevin Strootman in the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)

The Holland international is believed to be one of Louis van Gaal's top targets in January, as the Red Devils boss waits patiently for the midfielder to recover from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has conceded that he may have already played his last game for the club, after expressing his happiness at joining Aston Villa on loan. (Sky Sports)

The 25-year-old admitted that it is unlikely he will ever feature for the Red Devils again as his contract at Old Trafford expires next summer.

Manchester United star Phil Jones could be out of action for up to three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty for England. (Daily Mail)

The versatile defender was replaced after 77 minutes against Switzerland in midweek and now faces a period on the sidelines at Old Trafford.

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