Martin Odegaard preparing for Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia

Martin Odegaard is training with the Norway national team ahead of this weekend’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia.

Despite not featuring for Real Madrid since his signing in January, Odegaard is expected to feature for Norway in Zagreb on Saturday.

The 16-year-old prodigy already has three caps after making his international debut for Norway in August 2014.

National team coach Per-Mathias Hogmo has held meetings with Madrid’s staff and has received glowing endorsements of the teenager and his progress with the club’s B team.

“I had a good meeting with Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane,” the Norway coach said.

“I’m glad to see we see things the same way. They have great faith in Martin and they have set a plan for him to continue developing.”

In recent weeks, rumors have surfaced linking the teenager with a loan move away from Madrid. Speculation is Ronald Koeman would like to bring the talented prospect to Southampton, while Celtic are also interested in the young Norwegian’s services.

However, the intention of the player and club has always been for Odegaard to remain under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane, while continuing to train with the first-team when he is not required to be with Real Madrid Castilla.

“His time in Spain will be a success,” Per-Mathias Hogmo added. “His career is getting recognition. He’s a receptive player and expectations will increase over time. He’s going to exceed them.

“Real Madrid is great for him and he’s coping with the learning process very well.”

Programming note: The Euro 2016 qualifier between Croatia and Norway will be shown LIVE on Saturday at 12:50pm on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com.

 

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