Liverpool were one of many clubs involved in the scrum to sign Martin Odegaard when he was making waves with Stromsgodset in 2014, but the Merseyside outfit were eventually snubbed in favour of Real Madrid.
However, the gifted 17-year-old has endured a pretty rough time of it at the Bernabeu, leading the speculation that he could quit the Spanish giants in the near future.
Odegaard has only made one first-team appearance for Real Madrid to date - that came on the final day of the 2014-15 campaign - and it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting any significant game time between now and the end of the season despite the promotion of former Castilla boss Zinedine Zidane to the first-team dugout.
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Competition for first-team places at the Bernabeu is simply too fierce and this was always going to be the risk for Odegaard, who believes he deserves more minutes on the pitch despite his tender age.
Liverpool, now managed by Jurgen Klopp, are monitoring the teenager’s situation and have approached Real Madrid with a view to potentially signing the Norway international.
Real Madrid: Martin Odegaard is not for sale
This is according to Marca, who understand Real Madrid have issued a crystal clear message to Liverpool and any other club hoping to sign Odegaard this year: the player is not for sale.
Los Blancos reportedly have long-term plans for the diminutive left-footed playmaker and believe he has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or in the future.
They want him to continue developing with the club’s Castilla side before he’s ready to become a first-team regular at the Bernabeu.
Odegaard is happy - for now...
For now, Odegaard is happy to continue biding his time - but that may change if his situation fails to improve as the months roll on and the interest in securing his services increases.
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