Zinedine Zidane forced to take Martin Odegaard on Real Madrid tour

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has had his first major disagreement with club president Florentino Perez.

According to the Daily Mail, Zidane has been forced into taking Martin Odegaard on the team's pre-season tour of North America despite making his feelings towards the 17-year-old clear.

The Frenchman did not want Odegaard on the tour because he does not believe the Norwegian will formulate part of his first-team next season, but his hand was forced by the controversial chief.


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Perez is concerned that leaving Odegaard behind will breach his contract with the club, which guarantees his involvement in first-team training. It is also believed that Perez wants to loan the midfield prodigy out this season and playing in friendlies will put him in the shop window.

Zidane agrees that Odegaard needs to gain experience away from the Bernabeu this season but did not want his presence to distract from the crucial preparations that he will undertake during the tour.

Just how Zidane has reacted is unclear but it is believed that the former France international has been left unhappy with his apparent lack of power when it comes to team decisions. Zidane, of course, should have been given more say in these matters when he won the Champions League after just five months in charge.

PR Stunt

It is even being suggested that Zidane will have to take Odegaard to the European Super Cup on August 9 because it is being contested in his native Norway. It further enhances Carlo Ancelotti's claim that the wonderkid was signed purely as a PR stunt.

"When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it," he wrote in his book Quiet Leadership. "Furthermore, the president decided that he would play three games with the first team as a public relations exercise.

"He could be the best player in the world, but I don't care because he was not a player who I asked for. That signing was to do with PR."


Zidane previously clashed with Odegaard related matters when the manager of Real Madrid's B-Team Castilla after he signed in January 2015. The Norwegian disrupted the team dynamics by coming in and receiving what Zidane took to be preferential treatment.

He also believes Marcos Llorente and Marco Asensio are ahead of Odegaard in their development while his sons, Luca and Enzo, have also been taken to Canada.

Next club

Liverpool and Hamburg have been credited with an interest but Real Madrid would prefer to loan him to a Spanish club.

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