The 16-year-old chose to join Los Merengues back in January, turning down clubs all over Europe in order to do so. Since then the teenager has only made one appearance for Los Blancos’ first team, but he still thinks it was the right decision to move to the Bernabeu.
“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,” said the former Stromsgodset man, “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 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. 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.”
The youngster may have a better chance of action this year, with more experience under his belt. He has been named in their Champions League squad, and may get further opportunities in the domestic competitions. However, the Norway international will find it difficult to break in to Rafael Benitez’s side which has a plethora of options in the final third.
Odegaard is up against Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Jese Rodriguez, and Isco for time on the pitch in the positions just behind striker Karim Benzema.