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Martin Odegaard set to make Real Madrid debut

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Real Madrid are set to hand Martin Odegaard his debut in the now meaningless La Liga game against Getafe, reports Spanish newspaper AS.

Should the midfielder play, he will become Real Madrid's youngest ever player at 16 years and 156 days, beating Sebastian Losada's record of 17 year and six days in 1984.

It will also bring to an end rumours that he has caused nothing but trouble since joining Los Blancos in the January transfer window.

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There have been rumours that the player has upset other young stars in the Castilla ranks because of his huge pay packet and star status.

Castilla were joint-leaders in their division when Odegaard arrived, but are likely to finish sixth when the season comes to an end at the weekend.

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Trouble maker

They have won just two of their last 11 games in which Odegaard has played with the Norwegian scoring one goal and one assist in the process.

Choosing him to play in the first team may further anger some of the younger players, who feel he is getting preferential treatment despite not playing very well.

Indeed, Ancelotti has already selected Odegaard in a matchday squad, a La Liga game against  Almería. He failed to get off the bench but will get another chance to break records against Getafe.

Barcelona have already sealed the Spanish title and Real Madrid cannot be caught by third place Atletico.

Ancelotti will use the meaningless tie to give some of Castilla's best performing stars the chance to impress meaning several of Odegaard's team-mates could also get the call.

Odegaard has been training with the Real Madrid first-team squad four days a week since his arrival and it seems Ancelotti has been impressed enough.

Leaving Madrid?

However, this may be his last chance to break the age record as he may find himself playing away from the Spanish capital next season.

There is now talk that Odegaard could be loaned out next season as he is not happy with the prospect of playing in Segunda B again next season.

But the best coaches in the world are located at Real Madrid and the chance to train with the likes of James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo is a privilege handed to very few footballers. Staying with Real Madrid, playing first team football or not, is surely best for his future.

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