The words ‘starlet’ and ‘wonderkid’ are bandied around for too often and far too freely, often diluting the prospects of those the words are used to describe. The Mail Online report that Real Madrid ‘wonderkid’ Martin Odegaard is struggling to adapt to pressures playing for Los Blancos and a team stuffed with los Galacticos.
Odegaard, a mere 16-years old, was signed by Real Madrid for £2.3m from Norwegian side Stromsgodset last January after being courted by some of Europe’s top sides including Bayern Munich and Liverpool. He became Real’s youngest ever player when, at the tender age of 16 years and 175 days, he replaced world football icon Cristiano Ronaldo for his first La Liga appearance earlier this year. However, the majority of his game time comes from playing for Real’s reserve team, Real Castilla, in the Segunda B league of Spanish football. Odegaard hasn’t been included in Real’s Champions League squad and, due to him not training with the Real Madrid Under-19s, he isn’t available for the UEFA Youth League team, with coach Luis Miguel Ramis deciding against selecting him.
The Mail Online indicate that Odegaard will play in Norway’s European Championship play-off against Hungary on November 12 and 15 and he also hopes that he will be selected for the Copa del Rey first round game against Cadiz on December in what they [Mail Online] say is “an opportunity to attract a suitor for the turn of the year.” The Mail Online also quote the ubiquitous ‘sources’ who state that playing in Spain’s third tier of football is “not a serious option.”
It is thought that Real Madrid bosses are wanting the young Norwegian to stay in Spain to continue his footballing education, teams like Rayo Vallecano and Getafe being mentioned as likely places for his short-term loan sojourn. However, according to 90min.com, this may be at odds with what his father is thinking with them [90min.com] stating that the youngster’s father, Hans-Erik Odegaard is looking beyond Spain’s borders. 90min.com also state that,
“It is claimed that a number of unnamed English Championship clubs are interested and it seems they have now been given hope. It remains to be seen exactly which Championship clubs are possibilities, but the arrival of world football’s most talked about teenager would certainly be a huge coup for any side who can pull it off.” 90min.com: October 31, 2015
Respected football pundit Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that patience is needed with the young Norwegian and confirms that the youngster wants a move away from Real on a short-term deal to aid his improvement. Speaking to Sky Sports, Balague said, “Real want him to stay and start improving himself, with no goals scored yet this season, but he would like to move on on loan. Conversations should take place soon about it.”
Whilst there has been no official confirmation of interested parties across the main media platforms, TRANSFERmarketWEB.com say that the number of “Championship suitors for Odegaard [is]increasing” and names Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Ipswich Town and Wolves as among those interested parties on the youngster’s tail.