Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard has revealed he snubbed the advances of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United before signing for Real Madrid in January.
The 16-year-old Norway star was chased by some of the biggest clubs in the world, but eventually plumped for Real Madrid, who could end up paying Norwegian outfit Stromsgodset up to 8.5million euros for his services, depending on various add-ons.
“I visited Liverpool, the two Manchester teams and they were all very nice but my choice was Real Madrid and I am very happy with that,” Odegaard told the Daily Mail.
“Madrid is very good. It is the best place if you want to become a better footballer.
“I have been given the No.10 shirt (at Real’s reserve side Castilla) and it is a big responsibility having that number but it is the one that I like and I am just going to enjoy it.
“I have spoken a little bit with Rafa Benitez but not too much at the minute. My focus is to become a better footballer and develop every day.”
Odegaard is currently playing for Real’s reserve team Castilla, who play in the third tier of the Spanish pyramid.
Castilla are managed by former France great Zinedine Zidane – a coach Odegaard, who is a senior international, speaks very highly of. And while he is delighted with his progress in Spain, he has refused to rule out a move to the Premier League in the future.
“Maybe (England) will happen in the future and the time will show but right now I am very happy where I am with my club and the situation there.
“(Zinedine) Zidane is a great coach, a great man to learn from. He was one of the best in the world and it is a privilege to work with him,” added Odegaard, who made his senior debut for Real in La Liga last season.