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Martin Odegaard will join Dutch club Heerenveen for the rest of the season after Real Madrid agreed to loan out their teenage wonderkid.
Heerenveen of the Dutch Eredivisie announced on their Twitter feed that Odegaard will be presented by the club at 11.30am on Tuesday. Reports in the Netherlands and Spain also both appear to confirm it will be an eighteen-month loan until June 2018, with an option for the Spanish giants to recall the 18-year-old at the end of this season.
— sc Heerenveen (@scHeerenveen) January 9, 2017
Norwegian sensation Odegaard won the attention of the football world when he broke through as a 15-year-old at Stromsgodset in 2014, prompting a mad dash for his services from Europe’s biggest clubs. Real Madrid eventually won the race for his signature, and Odegaard has been attempting to adapt to life at the Bernabeu ever since.
The gifted attacking midfielder has only made two appearances for Real Madrid’s first team since joining, honing his craft in the club’s ‘B’ team Real Madrid Castilla. A move to the Eredivisie represents the next step in Odegaard’s development, and seems a smart one for the Norwegian given the technical level and prevalence of young players in Dutch football.
The move is a major coup for Heerenveen, who are enjoying a fine season in the Netherlands and currently lie fourth in the table. Plenty of clubs will have been queuing up to take Odegaard on loan, and it will be very interesting to see how the youngster adapts to first team football in a new (less pressured) environment.
Madrid fans, happy with the deal?