Real Madrid Castilla recorded an emphatic 6-3 victory over Deportivo Guadalajara on Sunday afternoon and Martin Odegaard produced an eye-catching individual performance.
Although the Norway international failed to get himself on the scoresheet, he still impressed with his pace and dribbling - and one particular run, from his own half of the pitch, led to Mariano Díaz completing the rout. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Odegaard picked the ball up in his own half before drifting past one opponent and bursting towards goal.
He then bided his time before playing an inch-perfect pass in between the full-back and centre-back, where his teammate squared the ball for Díaz to complete his brace.
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Video: Odegaard's run from his own half
Bonus video: The rest of Real Madrid Castilla's goals
Odegaard has knuckled down in recent weeks
Odegaard played the full 90 minutes for Real Madrid Castilla, who currently sit second in the Segunda B table.
The 17-year-old, who has also already made nine appearances for his national team, was reportedly running out of patience with his situation at the Bernabeu before the turn of the New Year.
Spanish newspaper AS claimed the Norwegian, who rose to prominence at Strømsgodset before completing his move to Real Madrid in January 2015, reacted badly following his admission from the Real Madrid squad that went head-to-head with Cadiz in the Copa del Rey.
Rafael Benitez, Zinedine Zidane’s predecessor, called up Odegaard’s Castilla teammates Marcos Llorente, Borja Mayoral, Philipp Lienhart and Álvaro Tejero but left the high-profile teenager out.
“We are happy with Martin,” Benitez was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail at the time, “he is developing well but with players coming back there is no room in the squad.”
The Spanish coach had made it clear that, in his opinion, Odegaard was not ready for first-team football.
Since then, however, the talented teenager - who made his Real Madrid first-team debut on the final day of the 2014-15 campaign - has knuckled down with the Castilla side and is finding his form under Luis Miguel Ramis, Zidane’s successor.
Odegaard likely to be loaned out next season
Because competition for first-team places is so fierce at the Bernabeu, Odegaard is expected to be loaned out by Zidane this summer.
Several La Liga clubs should be competing for the left-footed playmaker’s services, and a loan move at this stage of his career could be just what the youngster needs for his development.
Barcelona’s Alen Halilović is two years older than Odegaard but has flourished on loan at Sporting Gijon this season.
Zidane and co. will be hoping Odegaard can do the same next term.
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