Martin Odegaard has confessed that he hasn’t been at his best since signing for Real Madrid, but insisted that he wanted to continue at the club and try and impress Rafael Benitez.
After putting pen to paper on a deal with the Spanish giants, the Norwegian wonderkid was expected to quickly rise through the ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu, but he has thus far flattered to deceive.
In fact many sources in Madrid have been tipping the former Manchester United and Liverpool target to leave Real on loan, as it doesn’t look like things are working for him under Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane.
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In light of the speculation Odegaard himself has admitted that he needs to do more for his club, but suggested that he wanted to do it at the Bernabeu, not elsewhere.
"I can do much better than what I have shown previously" Odegaard said, According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing AS.
"I have no goal for this season. All I want is to move forward and show my coaches that they can count on me. "
When it comes to Odegaard’s future it’s safe to say fans are going to be disappointed unless he develops into a world-class player.
Having made his senior international debut for Norway at the age of 15 much is expected of him moving forward, which is potentially why eyes are now on him due to his recent struggles.
It’s been said that he might well be better served playing elsewhere on loan as he looks to come to grips with the rigours of professional football.
Scottish champions Celtic have been touted as potentially the best possible fit, with Odegaard’s former Stromsgodset manager Ronny Deila currently the man in the dugout at Celtic Park.
In any case the forthcoming campaign could be a defining one for the 16-year-old. It’s fair to assume he’s under unnecessary pressure for a player of his age amongst the throng and buzz of the Bernabeu, but the player himself appears supremely confident for the time being.
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