It’s Official: Welcome To Madrid Martin Ødegaard!

22 Jan

388cc5ce-228d-4a7e-9509-794885c8e6c0-620x372Norwegian wonderkid Martin was presented today as a Real Madrid player. And when I say “kid”, I really mean it. Our newest Muppet Baby just turned 16 on December 17th!

He’ll play with Castilla until the end of the season, join the first team for the pre-season and then the coaching staff will decide where he’s going to end up for next year. He’s quite an impressive player and you can see in this video why he’s one of the most sought after young players in Europe. He played for Strømsgodset’s junior and third team before being asked to start training with the first team (and he made his debut in a pre-season friendly!)…at age 13!  He officially joined their first team in 2014. He has represented Norway at the U15, U16, U17, U21 and senior levels already.

Here’s a gallery of our newest signing.


96da6349-d38b-3b05-b7b4-4f79eb948724FROM REALMADRID.COM

Odegaard: “It’s a dream come true to be at the biggest club in the world”
by Alberto Navarro

“My goal is to become the best player possible. It isn’t important if I play in the first or second team”, he said.

Martin Odegaard spoke to the media in the Ciudad Real Madrid press room. Accompanied by director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueño, the Whites player could not hide his delight as he looked ahead to this new chapter in his career: “It’s an honour and a dream come true. The reason I chose Real Madrid is because this team has the best conditions, both in sporting terms to develop as a player, and off the field to develop as a person. It’s the best option for me. For me it’s incredible I’m ready for a team like this one.”

“My goal is to become the best player possible. It isn’t important if I play in the first or second team. It’s a major advantage having a second team of a really high level and with a coach who was one of the best players in the world, and it was also important in my decision. It’ll be a combination. I’m going to train with the first team and the second team. If Ancelotti wants to use me in the first team I’ll be delighted and, if not, I’ll also be delighted to be playing for Castilla.”

Characteristics as a footballer
“I’m a player who likes to have the ball, to combine and to keep it. I had a minor issue with my foot, but now I’m ready. I’m fit to train.”

“I’ve been made to feel really welcome here in Madrid and I feel at home.”

“I met the Real Madrid players and we had a chat. They’re great guys and they’re incredible. I prefer that what we said to each other during our chats remain between us. They’re all top-class players and it’s very difficult to choose one, but Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world at the moment. There’s also Bale, Isco… There are a lot. Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, I prefer Cristiano Ronaldo.”

His experience over the past year
“It has been incredible and better than could have been expected. Everything has happened really fast. And it’s not a bad start to this year, either. I’m really happy. It’s a dream come true and being able to train at this club is very exciting. I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get started.”

Feeling pressure
“I don’t feel pressure. Playing for Real Madrid is very different to playing for my previous team. I’ll try to enjoy this dream to the full. I’ve trained a lot. My father has been very important for me. Training with him is what has allowed me to make it here.”

Learning Spanish
“I studied some Spanish at school in Norway, but I can’t speak it very well.”

Butragueño introduced the player
“It’s an honour to welcome Odegaard. He is a player with extraordinary talent and we have high hopes for him. We’re going to do everything we can to ensure both you and your family are very happy in Madrid and that you can develop the fabulous talent you have as a player. You have many successes ahead of you and I wish you the best for the chapter in your life that you are starting today. Best of luck.”

“He is going to train with the first team and with Castilla, and he will play for Castilla until the end of the season. He will do the pre-season with the first team and from there we’ll make decisions.”

“His father is going to join the club’s coaching structure in the youth teams.”

“What’s most important is that Martin is here and we’re very excited about his future. We want his extraordinary talent to develop here. That’s what’s most important to us.”

(Video of his medical & presser)  (Video of presser with Butragueño)


I look forward to seeing him in action!

– Lozil


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