Real Madrid unveiled its latest signing today as Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard was presented to the world at the club’s training ground. The 16-year-old prodigy told the assembled media that the Spanish giant was the best option for the development of his career.
Los Blancos completed the signing of the Norway international and announced his transfer from Stromsgodset late Wednesday evening.
Odegaard had been in the middle of a massive tug-of-war as numerous European clubs fought and attempted everything in their power to lure the attacking midfielder to their respective sides.
Many fans and football experts believed that the teenager would be better served plying his trade at a smaller European club where he could see plenty of first-team action. But Odegaard says he feels “at home” with Madrid and would be comfortable playing for Los Blancos first or second team.
“[Real Madrid] was the best option for the development of my career as much in the sporting sense as personally,” Odegaard said during his first official press conference as a member of the ten-time champions of Europe. “This club has the best possibilities.”
“I was welcomed very well here and I feel like I’m at home.”
“It’s a dream come true. I think it’s amazing and it’s an honor to be at the biggest club in the world.”
When asked who he will be training with, Odegaard responded: “I’ll be training with Castilla and the first team and I’ll be delighted if Ancelotti asks me to play. It’s an advantage that Real Madrid has a second team with a coach who was one of the best players in the world.”
It’s understood that Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane turned the process of recruiting the Norwegian wonderkid to Madrid in the club’s favor. Odegaard has reportedly developed a close relationship with the former France international and club legend in a short period of time.
Zidane will now oversee the development of one of the most talked about young talents in the sport.