Having trained and played for Real Madrid Castilla, the club’s second team under Zinedine Zidane, it was expected that Odegaard would progress to the first team following the French legend’s appointment as head coach last season.
Odegaard became the youngest player in Real Madrid’s history when he came on as a substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, during the 7-3 win over Getafe on the final day of last season.
Despite being praised in the media for his performances for Castilla, there have been rumours that Odegaard is unpopular in the dressing room with others envious of his first team experience. Then-Real coach, Carlo Ancelotti, told staff and players to be patient and the language barrier, said to be exacerbating the problems, would be solved.
However, Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the prodigious talent and is prepared to make a move for the player. When in charge at Dortmund, he tried to tempt last season’s Champions League winners into selling Odegaard but the bid failed as Real waited to find their punishment for transfer indiscretions from FIFA.
Ready to make a tidy profit on the re-sale of Alvaro Morata, 23, Madrid will insist that a €30m buy-back clause is included in any deal.
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