Martin Odegaard set for loan deal after Real Madrid tour

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had no plans to take Martin Odegaard on the club's pre-season tour but was apparently forced into doing so by club president Florentino Perez.

It was their first major disagreement since the Frenchman took charge of first team duties in January and threatened to cause problems before his first full campaign had even started.

But despite the chance to train with the first-team on a day-to-day basis, the Norwegian has failed to convince Zidane that he is worthy of a place in his plans. According to AS, his future has now been decided.


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The Madrid-based newspaper says Real officials will get to work on finding Odegaard a new club when he returns from the team's Canadian training camp, albeit on a temporary basis.

The 17-year-old, who was wanted by every top European club 18 months ago before he eventually chose the Bernabeu, is believed to be heading to the Bundesliga on a season-long loan deal with Hamburg one club interested in acquiring his services.

Contractual agreement

Odegaard will sit down with his father Hans-Erik and Real Madrid officials to iron out the details of a potential loan deal. The situation is made tougher by the player's contract, which requires him to train with the Real Madrid first-team several times a week.

That is the exact reason why Zidane was forced to take Odegaard on tour despite his belief that he was not ready to mix it with the likes of Isco and Karim Benzema. 

PR stunt

Unfortunately for Odegaard, the speculation around the true motives of his move to Los Blancos will come under further scrutiny if he cannot fulfil his potential. After breaking into Norway's senior international squad as a 16-year-old, he was the hottest property in Europe for a time.

His whistle-stop tour of Europe's biggest clubs made something of a circus of his transfer move and Carlo Ancelotti has since claimed Real Madrid's move was designed purely as a PR stunt rather than actually thinking about the team's future.

"When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it," he writes 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."

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