Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard is set to leave the club on loan this season, according to reports.
Martin Odegaard joined Real Madrid in January 2015, for a fee believed to be around €4 million, which could further rise up to €8–8.5 million.
Upon his arrival in Madrid, he began training with both the first team and the reserves, but was later made a part of the reserves team alone, which was then managed by Zinedine Zidane.
The youngster did feature in the first team’s 7–3 home win over Getafe CF at the end of the 2014-15 season, wherein he became the youngest debutant in the club’s history (at 16 years and 157 days). He then spent the 2015-16 season as a regular starter for Castilla.
The Norway international was included in Zidane’s squad for the club’s 2016 pre-season tour to US and Canada, during which he performed impressively, but not enough to convince the French manager to include him in the first team squad for the upcoming season.
Instead, Zidane has reportedly decided to send Odegaard out on loan – not just due to the player not being ready yet, but due to abundance of play-makers in his squad at the moment.
In an interview whilst on the tour, Zidane was quoted as saying: “There are many players in this position (CAM) and it is difficult to fit them all in. Moreover, they are all very good. We will make decisions. We will talk about this when we return to Madrid.”
Martin now looks set to head out of the Madrid-based club to gain some experience. The German Bundesliga seems to be his most likely destination, with both Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg showing interest in the midfielder’s services.
However, as per the Daily Mail, the Norwegian would prefer a move to the Premier League instead, as the youngster is keen to temporarily join Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. Odegaard is therefore, believed to be waiting for an official offer from Liverpool – the club where he spent a short time on trial back in 2014.