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Martin Odegaard wants loan move away from Real Madrid

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Martin Odegaard is not happy with the lack of first-team opportunities being afford to him by Rafa Benitez and is keen to leave Real Madrid on loan in January, reports Marca.

The 16-year-old was the talk of world football last January when the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United were vying to sign him from Norwegian club Stromsgodset.

After much deliberation, he chose Real Madrid, but his career has not taken off as he expected since then.

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Under Carlo Ancelotti, Odegaard became the club's youngest-ever player towards the end of last season, coming on as a substitute during a 7-3 victory over Getafe, but he has yet to be seen in La Liga since.

He was taken on Real Madrid's pre-season tour of Australia, but new manager Benitez has not afforded Odegaard any competitive game time.

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What makes the situation worse, the Spanish coach recently named Odegaard's Castilla team-mates Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral in a Champions League match against Malmo, but left the Norwegian international behind.

It is clear to Odegaard that, despite training with the first-team as per his contract, he is nowhere near first-team football and does not believe Segunda B is offering him the challenge his talent deserves.

So he will formally ask the club to let him leave in January. Celtic and Southampton have been credited with an interest, but Odegaard is keen to stay in the vicinity of the Spanish capital. The report suggests Getafe would be the perfect option.

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