Martin Odegaard still happy with decision to join Real Madrid

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Martin Odegaard is still sure he made the right decision to join Real Madrid despite concerns in his native Norway that his career is starting to stall.

The 16-year-old was courted by a number of clubs around Europe earlier this year and visited Liverpool, Manchester United and Man City before eventually opting for the Bernabeu.

But his career has not kicked on as many had hoped with Rafa Benitez's decision to omit him from the Champions League squad that travelled to Malmo on Wednesday a particular setback.


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Odegaard is part of Real Madrid's B-list squad, but Benitez instead opted to take youngsters Borja Mayoral and midfielder Marcos Llorente to Sweden. He was also left out of the Uefa Youth League team, meaning he remained in Spain to train with the reserves.

It is the latest in a long list of concerning events for Odegaard, who seems torn between first-team duty and playing for the club's B-team Castilla. Indeed, he trains with the senior squad, only to return to Castilla for matchdays, leaving him looking estranged alongside his fellow prospects.

He had the chance to leave Madrid on loan this summer with clubs like Celtic willing to offer him guaranteed first-team football. But his participation in Real Madrid's lengthy pre-season ruled out the option.

Still happy

Norway's football community is rightly concerned. Their great hope for the future may be seeing his career float away with some starting to question his decision to join the pressurised environment of Real Madrid.

But according to the Daily Mail, Odegaard remains happy at Los Blancos and is particularly pleased with Zinedine Zidane's influence on his education.

Despite his lack of first-team opportunities, Odegaard does not believe the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United could have helped him develop any quicker than Madrid have.

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