In an exclusive interview with Spanish daily newspaper Marca, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard recently spent two days training with the first team and Real Madrid Castilla.
The Italian, who is a known admirer of the 16 year old, who became the youngest player ever to feature in a European championship qualifier last year, also feels he ticks all the boxes that 'Los Blancos' are looking for in terms of a potential signing.
The Madrid boss said: "Yes he trained with us. He's a very skilled, promising young player...but we haven't made a decision as yet."
Odegaard has attracted the attention of many European heavyweights in recent months after bursting onto the scene in his native Norway for Stromsgodset. There he became the youngest player to ever play and score in the Tippeligaen.
The teenager, who has drawn comparisons to Lionel Messi, has reportedly spent the Norwegian close season training with a number of different clubs across Europe including Arsenal and Bayern Munich in recent weeks. Real are now thought to be leading the chase for his signature.
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However one player who Ancelotti has confirmed will not be joining the current European champions this transfer window is Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva.
The Italian said: "When I spoke about Lucas Silva we were looking at getting some of our injured players back, Khedira is fit, Modric's recovery is going very well and that's why we have no reason to dip into the transfer market."
The 21 year old Brazilian was strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent weeks.
However with 'Los Blancos' now dropping out of the race for his signature, the door has now been open to Arsenal to make their move.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be on the lookout for reinforcements ahead of the business end of the season.
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