Martin Odegaard is running out of patience at Real Madrid following two more snubs from head coach Rafael Benitez.
This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who understand the Norway international and his entourage have not reacted well following his admission from the Real Madrid squad that went head-to-head with Segunda B side Cadiz in the Copa del Rey last week.
Odegaard was not named in the squad despite the fact Benitez called up the 16-year-old’s Real Madrid Castilla teammates Marcos Llorente, Borja Mayoral, Philipp Lienhart and Álvaro Tejero.
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When Zinedine Zidane, the Castilla head coach, substituted Odegaard during the match against Portugalete last Sunday it looked as if the talented teenager would be part of the first-team squad to take on Malmo in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
But despite the fact Real Madrid have nothing to play for, Odegaard was again overlooked by Benitez, who clearly doesn’t believe the youngster is ready for first-team action.
Benitez clearly doesn't believe Odegaard is ready
“We are happy with Martin,” Benitez was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail on Monday, “he is developing well but with players coming back there is no room in the squad.”
Odegaard has not played a single minute of competitive first-team football under Benitez this season and there’s a real chance his development will be hindered unless the situation changes.
The Norwegian, who turns 17 next week, has not scored for Castilla since February while many of his younger teammates regard him as an outsider due to the fact he frequently trains with the club’s senior stars.
Loan move could benefit Odegaard
One potential short-term solution could be a loan move away from the Bernabeu when the transfer window re-opens next month.
However, it seems Odegaard still has some maturing to do - both in terms of his physicality and mentality - before he becomes a first-team regular in La Liga.
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