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Odegaard: “I felt it wasn’t the best time to return to Madrid, but my goal is to play there one day”

Like he has so many times before, Odegaard has again reiterated his desire to one day form as part of the Real Madrid first team

Real Sociedad v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Martin Odegaard is setting La Liga alight just a mere four games into the season. The Norwegian has gone from strength to strength and is now turning the heads of not only the Spanish public, but fans all around the world. In an interview with TV2, a Norwegian television channel, Odegaard talked about his return to Spain.

On life in San Sebastian: “ I am enjoying it, I felt good here from the first moment I arrived. The people here are very friendly, the players are the same, and they have all looked out for me since the first day. The coach has also helped me a lot. He has been very clear with what he wants and that makes it easy for me to understand my role. He has made everything much easier”.

Competition and struggle for minutes at Madrid: “ At the end of last season, I felt it would not be good for me to return to Madrid. In Madrid, there are many good player and the competition is huge. It was obvious that the best for me was to ask for another loan, and I assumed the club would also accept that. Because of that, we decided very early where I would land”

Ultimate Goal: “My objective is still the same, to play for Real Madrid. That’s why I signed with them, because I want to play there one day”

Development: “I feel that I have improved a lot in the last two years. I think I am a better player and more mature, I am also bigger and stronger. I feel like I am better now than when I first arrived in Spain. Of course, age also helps”.

Many fans felt Odegaard was more than ready to make the step up to Real Madrid this season, but if he would only play about a quarter of the minutes he’s playing now, would it really be worth it? Big picture, he is playing week in and week out in one of the best leagues in the world for a fun, attacking, young team for which he is now the corner stone. It’s easy to forget Odegaard is still only 20 years old and has well over a decade left in the game to leave his mark at Real Madrid.

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