Martin Odegaard is keen to leave Real Madrid on loan this summer and move to Scottish giants Celtic, despite strong interest from clubs many would deem to be bigger.
That’s according to Spanish newspaper AS, as relayed by French source Le 10 Sport, where it’s claimed that Odegaard’s relationship with his old Stromsgodset manager Ronny Deila looks likely to be the defining factor regarding the next step in the youngster’s career.
The 16-year-old made history last year when he became the youngest player ever to feature for the Norwegian national side, and his reputation has grown significantly thanks to his move to Real Madrid.
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The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool were also thought to be interested in his signature, but in the end the allure of the Santiago Bernabeu was too strong for him to resist.
However, despite the fact he’s already made his first-team debut for Real at the age of just 16 his fortunes in the Spanish capital haven’t exactly been rosy red.
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Struggles at Real
The Norway international has struggled to have a positive influence in the Castilla side at the club, prompting speculation that he would be better served taking action in order to continue his development elsewhere.
Naturally it makes no sense to consider selling him, with the chances high that he will go on to become an extremely gifted player before too long. That doesn’t mean that new Real boss Rafael Benitez isn’t going to allow him to leave on loan though, and in that respect there’s already a host of clubs queuing up to take advantage.
interest in loan deal
AS’ report highlights that Villarreal, Real Betis and Malaga are all interested in taking Odegaard on loan, and a move to another La Liga side would surely benefit his growth if he wants to break into the Real side within the next couple of years.
Irrespective of that though the prodigal midfielder is keen on moving to the SPL, where Deila and Celtic lie in wait.
It’s true that he’d likely be guaranteed far more game-time at Celtic Park, and is probably already good enough to make a lasting impression in Scotland’s premier division, but even if he does well there will it be enough to catch Benitez’s attentions?
Football fans, where do you think Odegaard should head on loan? What’s best for his development moving forward? Let us know in the comments box below what you think.