Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Ødegaard’s career with the Spanish giants is not getting off to a smooth start.
Reports in Spain claim that Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane has grown fed up with his attitude, dropping him for the last two games, with the youngster refusing to train with the reserve side.
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The 16-year-old completed a stunning £4m move to the Santiago Bernabeu in January, on a staggering £40,000 per-week contract, and such is his talent that the teen has spent much of his time training with the first-team since his arrival.
However, according to Spanish newspaper AS, Zidane hasn’t been impressed, feeling that the attacking midfielder is not a team player, with many of his Castilla team-mates also believing that Ødegaard is only interested in playing alongside superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Frederic Hermelfrederic, writer for the Spanish news outlet, claimed that the Frenchman has felt he had no choice but to bench the youngster for Castilla’s last two fixtures, as when he is left out of the side, there is more of a team ethic.
“He doesn’t adapt his game to his team mates, and that is why the technical staff have realised that they have no other option but to leave him on the bench for the time being.”
What’s more, according to Hermelfrederic, Ødegaard rates himself so highly that he refuses to train with the reserves, despite being unlikely to feature in the Real first-team this season.
“Ødegaard has refused to train with the reserves and only joins in with training sessions on the eve of the team’s games.”
The source even reveals that there is a bizarre clause written into his contract that he must train alongside stars Ronaldo and Gareth Bale five days a week.
“The newcomer and his father seek refuge in the clause included his contract with Madrid which stipulates that the club must ensure that he trains with the senior squad five days a week,” he added.
With such immense ability, we can only hope that the teenager’s ego is not going to damage his promising career.