Martin Odegaard could still complete a loan move away from Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer, according to his agent.
As reported by the Mirror, Tore Pedersen, who looks after the talented 16-year-old, has admitted that a loan deal 'is still relevant' despite the player having jetted off with Rafa Benitez's side for their pre-season tour.
Odegaard, of course, is recognised as one of the leading young players in the game, having already been capped at international level with Norway.
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And, after making his full debut for Real Madrid towards the end of last season, Odegaard has seemingly been handed the opportunity to prove his credentials to new boss Rafa Benitez in pre-season.
It appears, though, that a temporary move away from the Spanish giants could still be possible for the attacking midfielder, with Scottish outfit Celtic seemingly ready to land him before the start of the new campaign.
In fact, the same report from the Mirror goes on to claim that Celtic chief Ronny Deila wants to be reunited with the youngster after previously managing him at Stromsgodset.
It's far from certain as to whether the Scottish champions will step up their interest in the youngster, but the player's agent has certainly indicated that a move is possible.
When asked about the 16-year-old's future, Tore Pedersen told TV2: "A loan is still relevant."
Stay put...for now
Of course, we all want to see Odegaard play week in, week out and continue his development in the game, but perhaps a move away from the Spanish capital would be the wrong decision.
Don't get me wrong, it's quite obvious that he's going to get little game time at the Bernabeu, but what better way to improve than train everyday and learn from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale...
At 16, Odegaard isn't exactly in need of first-team experience just yet, so should concentrate on preparing his body for the physical demands of the first-team game. In the summer of 2016, after another year of experience in Spain, the time may well be right for Odegaard to complete a loan move, and Celtic, under Deila, may well prove the ideal club.
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