Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all failed in their attempts to land highly-rated starlet Martin Odegaard, as the youngster has agreed a deal with Champions League holders Real Madrid.
The Daily Express, citing sources on the continent, claims that Odegaard is set to play for Real’s Castilla - the B team - who are currently coached by Zinedine Zidane, whilst his father will begin coaching one of the club’s youth sides.
The hype surrounding Odegaard hit fever pitch after he smashed records by making his debut for Norway aged just 15, and with the attacking midfielder proving that he can take the rigours of the professional game in his stride, a host of suitors have been vying to win his favour.
It was rumoured recently that Louis van Gaal had invited him to train at United’s Carrington setup, whilst he was also spotted at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month. On top of that both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers having allowed him to tour their respective training facilities and stadiums.
Signing for Real
Yet it appears that he has decided to take up the Spanish giants’ offer rather than pick between the host of Premier League sides, with Real set to hand him a professional contract.
Carlo Ancelotti had previously spoken highly of Odegaard in more than one press conference, and is clearly of the opinion that the Norwegian wonderkid can be developed into a top European talent.
The undeniable club
For the foreseeable future of course it’s unlikely that the Stromsgodset man will be featuring for Real’s first-team anytime soon. Though he’s already garnered a huge reputation he’ll eventually be vying for a place in a midfield that annually boasts the best players in the world, and Madrid is one of the few places in the footballing world where simply having a renowned name doesn’t ensure you game-time.
Keeping ourselves in the present though Ancelotti is sure to be a very happy man. Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has carved a niche out of ensuring that Real are usually an undeniable club when it comes to transfer negotiations, and he’ll certainly be pleased that Odegaard’s other suitors couldn’t beat them to the punch.