Martin Odegaard admits Liverpool and Manchester United talks

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After being demoted to Norway's Under-21 side, it is hard to remember that Martin Odegaard is still only 16 years old.

The Real Madrid starlet started in the European Championship qualifier against England on Monday night and, despite losing 1-0, put in an impressive display from midfield.

But the main event for Odegaard was arguably after the final whistle had blown when a swarm of journalists packed into a press conference exclusively for questions aimed at the wonderkid.


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Although on international duty, questions would have revolved more around his decision to choose Real Madrid ahead of a host of other top clubs when moving from Stromsgodset in January.

A quick search on Google will tell you that he visited almost every club worth their salt before eventually joining Los Blancos.

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Premier League whistle-stops

Speaking of interest from the Premier League, the Norwegian confirmed that he visited, and was impressed by, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, but is happy with his decision to reject them.

"I visited Liverpool, the two Manchester teams and they were all very nice but my choice was Real Madrid and I am very happy with that," said Odegaard, according to The Mail.

"Madrid is very good. It is the best place if you want to become a better footballer. I have been given the No 10 shirt (at Castilla) and it is a big responsibility having that number but it is the one that I like and I am just going to enjoy it.

"I have spoken a little bit with Rafa Benitez but not too much at the minute. My focus is to become a better footballer and develop every day."


Odegaard looked like something of ringer against players close to his age in the first half against England and only a last-ditch tackle from Arsenal's Calum Chambers denied him a clear goal-scoring opportunity in the 13th minute.

His influence would tail off in the second half, but he had already done enough to impress a crowd bloated merely by his presence on the team sheet.

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