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Zidane hints at Odegaard loan move

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says that youngster Martin Odegaard needs regular playing time, and has hinted at a loan move for the Norwegian.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder/right winger spent last season with Real Madrid B and has only made one appearance for the first team since joining the club in January 2015 from Stromsgodset. Rumors are that he might be loaned out over the coming season, and Zidane hinted that he needs to play on a regular basis to further his development.

“Odegaard is at Madrid, has been doing preseason with us and I am satisfied with him,” Zidane said. “But the idea we have for him is that he gets playing time and it is very difficult to get playing time at Madrid because we have a lot of players. That is my advice to him.

“We will make a decision that is best for him. Anything can happen until the end of the month.”

Clubs like West Ham United and Liverpool have been linked with the Norwegian international, who made his debut for the national team at age 15. Odegaard is seen as one of Norway’s biggest soccer talents of all times, and played a full season for Stromsgodset in the Norwegian top flight before making the move to the Spanish capital for a reported initial fee of around €4 million.

He made 34 appearances last season for Real Madrid B in the Segunda Division B, finding the back of the net on one occasion.

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