The reviews have been rave for Martin Odegaard this season. His aesthetic playing style and ability to create space and opportunities has now been complimented with end product: 11 goals and 12 assists while playing over 3,000 minutes. He was named as Vitesse ‘Player of the Season’ and included in the Eredivisie XI of the season. Those stand-out performances have not gone unnoticed. Ajax is one club who are desperate to sign the Norwegian on a permanent basis. But, according to a report from Marca, Odegaard will not be allowed to leave on a permanent transfer this summer.
The same report from Marca has stated that a host of teams around Europe are interested in the player, including clubs from both the Bundesliga and La Liga. As mentioned on the last Loan Tracker Managing Madrid podcast, the next destination for Odegaard is crucial. All the ingredients need to be right: plenty of minutes, a higher level than Eredivisie, preferably playing in the Champions League or Europa League, and a team that would fit Odegaard’s style (AKA not Getafe). A Bundesliga loan similar to the deals which saw Dani Carvajal go to Leverkusen, Vallejo to Eintracht Frankfurt, and Achraf Hakimi to Borussia Dortmund may be a good option if a higher level La Liga club cannot pull off the deal.
Real Madrid will meet with Martin and his representatives after the Vitesse season ends. The Dutch club are still in the play-offs for a Europa League place and play two legs against Utrecht, with the first game being played on Friday. Odegaard’s contract runs out in 2021, meaning it would be wise for Madrid to extend his deal prior to loaning him out. After next season, there would be just 1 year remaining on his deal and teams would be lining up for a cut-price European wonder-kid.