Certain members of Real Madrid’s Castilla squad are unhappy with the publicity surrounding the club’s January signing Martin Odegaard.
This is according to Goal.com, who claim there are mixed feelings in the Castilla dressing room towards the Norway international following his high-profile €3 million move from Stromsgodset.
Odegaard, according to a report from Spanish newspaper AS earlier this week, has further alienated himself from his Castilla teammates in recent weeks by failing to interact with players at the club of similar ages and by refusing to train with the reserve side - unless it’s on the eve of matches.
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The reason why Odegaard is unhappy
Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid Castilla’s head coach, has dropped Odegaard for the team’s previous two matches, and the 16-year-old’s attitude is now under the spotlight.
However, there is a reason why Odegaard is unhappy with how things have turned out over recent weeks.
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The attacking midfielder signed for Real Madrid under the premise that he would train with the club’s senior squad five days a week.
That clause, which exists in Odegaard’s contract, is not being adhered to by the reigning European champions who believe it’s in the teenager’s best interests to spend time training and interacting with players his own age.
Odegaard not ready for Real Madrid first team
Despite the fact Odegaard has already made four appearances for the Norwegian national team, it seems Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is not convinced the youngster is ready to represent Los Blancos in either La Liga or the Champions League.
As was evident during Norway’s 5-1 defeat to Croatia last month, Odegaard is by nowhere near close to being the finished article, and still has plenty of maturing and learning to do before Ancelotti considers him a potential alternative to the likes of James Rodriguez and Isco.
Real Madrid have attempted to explain the situation to both Odegaard and his father but, as things stand, a stalemate exists between the two parties.
Odegaard's stubbornness could cost him
The only way for Odegaard to turn the situation around, if he still harbours hopes of becoming a first-team regular at the Bernabeu, is to obey the orders of the club and Zidane.
Real Madrid have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches on the planet working at the club - and if they feel it’s in Odegaard’s personal interests to play and train with the reserves, at least until the end of the current campaign, he should respect their point of view.
The only other way to resolve this problem will be for Odegaard to attempt to leave Real Madrid, either on loan or permanently, this summer.
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