Martin Odegaard was tipped to leave Real Madrid on loan last month but was unable to secure a move away from Spain because of his age.
FIFA rules stipulate that players under the age of 18 are not permitted to join a club in a different country to their employers, so the likes of West Ham, Rennes, Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen were all left disappointed.
However, Spanish newspaper AS have been told that an agreement is in place to take Odegaard out of Spain for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign in January.
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Odegaard turns 18 in December and, if all goes to plan, he will become a Rennes player in the new year.
Sources within the French club have told AS that they already have an agreement with Real Madrid and that they expect the deal to be finalised in four months’ time.
Rennes excited by potential Odegaard arrival
A couple of weeks back, before it became apparent that Odegaard wouldn’t be allowed to leave Spain until January, Rennes boss Christian Gourcuff told L’Equipe that the deal would suit all parties.
"He can have an immediate technical input," Gourcuff said of Odegaard, adding that Rennes would be getting "a player of a high level".
"It's beneficial for all three parties [involved in the loan].
”Madrid want the player to develop, the player doesn't want to go to just any club and we have an opportunity that we're going to make the most of."
Odegaard must knuckle down
However, a move to Rennes in January doesn’t solve Odegaard’s current predicament.
He won’t get any first-team football between now and the new year - the teenager isn’t ready to compete for a place in Zinedine Zidane’s team - and that leaves him faced with the prospect of spending more time with Real Madrid’s Castilla side over the forthcoming months.
Odegaard has always given the impression he feels he’s too big for Los Blancos’ youth team - and perhaps he is - but one of the reasons he hasn’t been given more opportunities in the senior setup is because of his displays with Castilla.
If he knuckles down over the next few months, then shines at Rennes, Zidane would then be prepared to take another look at the Norwegian playmaker next summer.
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