Martin Odegaard's highlights v Germany U21 show why Real Madrid return is imminent

Norway U21 Training Session

It's been a tough couple of years for Martin Odegaard, who arrived at Real Madrid in 2015 as Europe's hottest talent but quickly came crashing down.

It took Los Blancos a year to realise he wasn't ready for the big time at the age of 16, with Zinedine Zidane admitting last summer that he may need minutes elsewhere.

"Odegaard is at Madrid, has been doing pre-season with us and I am satisfied with him," said Zidane on a pre-season tour ahead of the 2016/17 season.

"But the idea we have for him is that he gets playing time and it is very difficult to get playing time at Madrid because we have a lot of players. That is my advice to him.

"We will make a decision that is best for him. Anything can happen until the end of the month."

As it turns out, Zidane ended up shipping Odegaard to Heerenveen in Holland in the winter transfer window.

Initial signs suggested the Norwegian would once again struggle in the Eredivisie but, 10 months on from his departure, Real want to bring him back.

Odegaard may not have scored or assisted any goals in seven league appearances this season, but his improved performances have convinced Zidane that he's ready to return next summer.

SC Heerenveen v PSV Eindhoven - Eredivisie

He's been hugely impressive for Norway's Under-21 side, too, and recently stuck a stunning free-kick in a 2-0 win over Kosovo U21 in Euro U21 qualifying.

And on Tuesday night against Germany U21, he was once again the star of the show by scoring and assisting in a 3-1 victory.

In fact, three moments encapsulated why Zidane is so keen to work with Odegaard again, as you can see in the videos below.

ODEGAARD'S GOAL...

ODEGAARD'S ASSIST...

ODEGAARD'S SKILL...

Just look at that footwork. Odegaard demonstrated his passing and finishing against Germany U21, but his dribble in the third video was just sublime.

The teenager nonchalantly nutmegs an opponent and then breezes past a further two players before getting a shot away.

Odegaard may still not be ready for consistent first-team action, but it's clear to see why Zidane wants to resume working with him.

ODEGAARD VS GERMANY U21

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