Martin Odegaard will have a new chance in the Real Madrid. Last season he returned to the Madrid club as one of the great promises on the world scene after his outstanding performance at Real Sociedad, finally becoming a first-team player, which is what he had been fighting for since signing for Real Madrid in 2015.
However, after a disappointing start to the season, in which Zinedine Zidane He did not give him too many opportunities, he decided to go out on loan in the winter market bound for London. At Arsenal, Mikel Arteta managed to get a great performance out of him and the Norwegian is one of the few players who are saved from the bad season of the ‘gunner’ team. His performance was such that the London team was interested in continuing to count on the Norwegian.
However, Odegaard’s future goes back to the Santiago Bernabéu. The departure of Zidane and the return of Carlo Ancelotti favor the Nordic, to whom the Italian coach praised during his presentation as a new Real Madrid coach. Carletto stated that there are a number of youngsters in the team who may be important next season and one of them is the Norwegian.
Something that collides with the Italian’s words in one of his books about the signing of Martin Odegaard during his first stage in the Madrid team, in which he affirmed that his signing was a product of marketing: “When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer you have to accept it. In addition, the president decided that he would play three games in the first team as a public relations coup.”
Odegaard’s first stage in Madrid
Martin Odegaard signs for Real Madrid on January 20, 2015, after being courted by some of the best clubs in Europe, Among those who stood out Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Liverpool or Real Madrid, who invited him to train in their training facilities with their stars to get signed to the Norwegian pearl. But, after removing the daisy, the Nordic decided on the Madrid petal.
His beginnings in the white club were not without controversy, since the then captain of Real Madrid Castilla, Sergio Aguza, made public his discomfort about the salary and privileges enjoyed by the Norwegian midfielder: “It’s not that it bothers me, but I would also like to be up there and collect what they say it charges “.
After his disappointing start, in which he alternated training with the first team and matches with Castilla, they managed to convince the footballer that the best thing for his progression is to focus on training with the Real Madrid subsidiary team. Finally, debuts with the first team on May 23, 2015, in the last league game of the 2014/15 season, being Carlo Ancelotti himself who made Odegaard debut in an official match. Thus becoming the youngest debutant in the club’s history, at 16 years and 156 days.
After his time at Castilla, the Norwegian footballer has played on loan for Heerenveen (two years), Vitesse, Real Sociedad and Arsenal. In the Basque team, he was confirmed as the revelation player of the 2019-2020 campaign and Real Madrid recovered him despite the fact that it was his wish to stay another year at Real Sociedad, who had verbally agreed that he could play another season at Anoeta. But Zidane claimed him for the white ranks and the Norwegian loan in San Sebastián remained on a fruitful course, in which he had managed to demonstrate the traces of the great player that Madrid always thought he could be.
Now, six years after he made his debut at Real Madrid, Martin Odegaard meets again with the coach who made him wear white. But the Odegaard who is going to return to Valdebebas after his time at Arsenal has nothing to do with that teenager who had Ancelotti at his command during his first stage as a Madrid coach. The current Odegaard is much more mature and more experienced. And it comes with the intention of convincing Carletto that he can have a position in the starting eleven.