Martin Odegaard completes move away from Real Madrid
Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard has completed a loan move to Dutch side Heerenveen.
The Eredivisie club – who are currently sat fourth in the table – have secured the Norwegian starlet on an 18-month loan deal.
Odegaard signed for the La Liga giants in 2015 – but has struggled to live up to his early hype.
While earning up to £80,000 a week with the Champions League holders, Odegaard has struggled with the ‘wonderkid’ label since his arrival.
And with competition for places in the Real first-team fierce, the former Stromsgodset player has spent the majority of his time in Madrid playing for Castilla – Real Madrid’s third tier feeder team.
Heerenveen will certainly provide the teenager with more first-team chances, and the midfielders appears to be happy to be given the opportunity.
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“I just want to say I’m very happy and it’s a good chance for me to show my qualities, that’s the reason I’m here,” he said.
“I see myself as just a very normal boy, that’s up to other people what they call me and I don’t think so much about what other people say.”
Despite making just one senior start for Real – in a Copa del Rey game against minnows Cultural Leonesa in November – the youngster was full of praise for his employers.
“I think Madrid is a very good club and I had a very good time there, training with the best in the world, but it’s difficult to play there as a young boy because there are so many great players there,” he said.
“That’s why I want to try something new, to maybe play more first team football.
“Madrid are the best team in the world and to train and play with the best team in the world is amazing. I learned a lot there.”
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