Martin Odegaard could have a place in Real Madrid’s first-team in the future, according to the belief of Alfredo Relano.
The honorary president of Diario AS was speaking in an interview with Bleacher Report and revealed that he felt the young Norwegian was showing signs that he could become a good fit at the Santiago Bernabeu in the future.
“This year it appears that Odegaard is ready for Real Madrid,” he said. “He’s a player who has had very confusing treatment by the club. He was signed for ridiculous money. He was obliged to train with the first team. He played with Castilla where he was a reject. The coaching staff were expecting too much from him. Then he left, going abroad on loan periods.
“Now he’s at Real Sociedad, I like a lot what I see. He’s playing very well. He has tremendous vision. He looks like a guy who’s very happy in the group, with his team-mates. He’s in the middle of the hugs. It seems like he could have the personality to be a leader.”
As Relano noted, the 20-year-old has had a tough time whilst being with the Spanish giants, as he has had a number of spells at plenty of different clubs.
The Norway international was signed by Real Madrid for a fee thought to be have been around €10.5m (£9m) back in 2015 when he was just a 16-year-old and has since had loans with Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, before his current one with Real Sociedad.
Indeed, Odegaard appears to be finally getting into his element with the Spanish outfit, though, as he has become a key player in Imanol Alguacil’s side this season.
According to data compiled by WhoScored, the attacking midfielder has managed to contribute with two goals and two assists in his eight La Liga appearances to date, whilst achieving an average of 1.1 shots, 2.9 key passes, 2.4 completed dribbles and a pass success rate of 84.7% for the Basque-based outfit.
Of course, fitting him into Zinedine Zidane’s first team in the future is a headache that the manager will have to face, should he deem the 20-year-old worthy as Bleacher Report pointed out.
To say Real Madrid are stocked with talent in the number 10 role would perhaps be an understatement, as Los Blancos can currently call upon the likes of Eden Hazard, Isco, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio (when fit), Rodrygo and Brahim Diaz to fill the role.
However, if Odegaard continues to play as well as he has been for Real Sociedad over the course of the season, Relano could be right: the Norway international could be ready to play for one of world football’s biggest powerhouses.
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