The Premier League traditional ‘Big 4’ have suffered a huge blow in their plans to lure 15 year old Norwegian whizkid, Martin Odegaard, to the Premier League with Real Madrid moving to snatch him from their grasp according to Daily Star.
Odegaard has caused a stirring sensation in the football world since the discovery of his immense talent over the past year, attracting the interest of Bayern Munich, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and VFB Stuttgart. While the Premier League quartet had hoped that the prestige and appeal of the League would see him endeared to it, it is the European Champions who seem to be ahead at the moment. Madrid have invited him to visit their Valdebebas training headquarters in the capital with a view towards joining them in the near future.
A player whose playing style has been likened to that of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who happens to be his football model, Madrid’s move for the teenager who currently plays for Norwegian League side Stromsgodset, is an indication of their readiness to get a player who could prove to be their own Messi for the coming years, considering that Barcelona also got Messi when he was even at a younger age.
This could be a real limitation to the possibility of the player moving to England, even if there had been good reasons to encourage the top clubs that a deal could happen. Liverpool have had high hopes of tempting him to Anfield being a declared Liverpool fan, while his short training spell at Old Trafford had given Manchester United hopes that he would return on a permanent basis. Chelsea would rely on their ability to spend very easily as their main weapon while Arsene Wenger’s youth recruitment policy the Gunners strong point.
There appears to be many advising the youngster against a move to Madrid, with Ajax boss, Frank de Boer, making a point of Madrid’s reliance on already established players rather than wait for youth players to develop.
“They aren’t waiting in Madrid for a guy like martin, he would probably be loaned and it would be a long time until he got his chance, same would apply in the Premier League” De Boer said.
Wenger would certainly dispute that as Wenger has famously given many teenagers the opportunity to become full members of the first team, with Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere as the most obvious shining examples.
Odegaard is sure to still be monitored by the English clubs as he continues to grow and ascend the footballing heights, recently breaking a 104 year old record previously held by Tormond Kjellsen as youngest debutant for the Norwegian National team at 15 years and 253 days as well becoming the youngest player to feature in a EURO qualifier at 15 years and 300 days.
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