Martin Odegaard is keeping in contact with Bayern Munich as his Real Madrid career continues to stall, a director from the Allianz Arena has revealed.
Bayern Munich were just one of a host of clubs vying for Odegaard's signature in January 2015 but eventually lost out to Los Blancos.
Then only 16-years-old, Odegaard's move caused a media frenzy with Real Madrid agreeing to pay €3million to Norwegian outfit Stromgodset – a staggering amount for one so young.
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But having arrived with great expectations attached to his shoulders, Odegaard is still waiting for his first real chance to make an impact in the senior team and has not featured once in the current campaign.
Having made his La Liga debut towards the end of last season, his lack of first team football has probably come as a huge disappointment and he has inevitably been linked with a move away.
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Keeping in touch
Now, Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer has added fuel to that fire by revealing that he is still talking to Odegaard about a potential move to Bavaria. But he also claimed that there is no scope for completing a deal in the near future.
"There are always situations in this business where you get signals. And of course, you keep in contact," Sammer told Sky Sport Deutschland before claiming a move for Odegaard is currently "not up for debate”.
"It was his decision [to join Real] back then, and you have to respect that. “He is a good player, he has to bite through."
If his career at Real Madrid does not move forward soon, he may well consider a move to Bayern Munich, especially after seeing Kingsley Coman given the chance to impress under Pep Guardiola.
As a teenager, Coman was just as highly rated as Odegaard but he was not getting the chances his talent deserved at Juventus. He joined Bayern on loan last summer and has since proved the Old Lady wrong. Odegaard would no doubt be confident of following a similar path.
But it is more likely that Real Madrid will allow Odegaard to leave on loan where he can gain valuable first team experience. It was reported in October that he was seeking out a temporary exit only to find the club unwilling to meet his demands.
Similarly, Real Madrid could also agree to sell Odegaard and insert a buy-back clause into the deal. It is a policy they have undertaken several times in the recent past most notably with Alvaro Morata, who joined Juventus in 2014 but could be brought back to the Bernabeu for £24m.